BOOK REVIEWS

BOOK REVIEWS


Murphy’s book is a glittering diamond that should be read from cover to cover by every dermatologist and dermatopathologist. It is worth every dollar – and even more. Michael Murphy and his multi-author team have achieved the difficult task of putting together a concise and highly readable text that covers all molecular biology topics relevant to dermatologists and dermatopathologists. Each topic was researched in depth and is up to date. Both neophytes and experienced dermatologists with a sound molecular background will profit equally from this book, which is full of details, surprises, new developments in the field, and data relevant to the daily professional lives of dermatologists and dermatopathologists.

I sincerely hope Dr. Murphy will sell a million copies of it, or even more!  And, needless to add, these copies should be read also!  Repeatedly!

This is a must-have!

If you already read Tolstoy’s War and Peace, this would be the perfect time to grab the BLUE MURPHY!

Heinz Kutzner, M.D.         
Dermatol Pract Conc 2012;2:15


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I recommend this book…It fills a niche in the arsenal of tools for dermatopathologists, and it is well worth the price.

Mark Hurt, M.D.
Book Review Dermatol Pract Conc 2012;2:15


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Michael J. Murphy has enlisted a diversified group of experts to provide an introduction and update on many aspects of this rapidly changing field.

I personally never fully appreciated the complexity and diversity of this aspect of our field.

This is not a book to read once and put aside. It contains a great deal of practical information that will be useful on an almost-daily basis when dealing with some of the classic difficult diagnoses in dermatopathology.

Walter Burgdorf, M.D.
J Cutan Pathol 2012;39:659


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Each chapter begins with a brief clinical background of the cutaneous neoplasm or condition being discussed, which is followed by molecular techniques used to facilitate accurate diagnosis and treatment of the topic.

An invaluable tool, which concisely summarizes the role of molecular diagnostics for the dermatologist and the dermatopathologist in the clinic, in the laboratory, and at the microscope.

Katherine Boyd, M.D., and Sofia Shea, M.D.
Diagn Mol Pathol 2013;22:188


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This manual is one of the few that describes synoptically the so far known molecular basis of cutaneous diseases and intends to extend the knowledge base in such a novel field.

The present edition highlights the pathogenesis of common skin diseases on a molecular level, improves diagnostic accuracy, staging and prognosis, and gives the trigger for future research, which potentially would enrich future editions.  This book is a useful implement for dermatologists, pathologists, immunologists, as well as residents in the disciplines. It will indeed comprise a uniquely helpful tool and valuable source for all professional involved in the fascinating practice and evolving research of molecular biology.

Sevasth Afantenou, M.D., and Maria M. Tsoukas, M.D.
J Clin Dermatol 2014.07,013


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This text is a thorough reference book for the practicing dermatologist and dermatopathologist when questions arise about molecular testing.

The dermatopathologist will find instructive information for guiding the proper use of the molecular laboratory use to aid the clinician.  This text will make a good addition to a reference library.

Daniel J. Teague, M.D., Paul Persad, M.D., and Omar Sangueza, M.D.
Am J Dermatopathol 2014;36:683


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Not only does this book fill a void in current medical publishing, but Dr. Murphy has also succeeded in creating a well-structured and nicely presented work covering the application of molecular diagnostics in both inflammatory and neoplastic conditions.  Its carefully selected authors are well respected experts in the field.

Overall, the book is easy to read and understand, and it should appeal to a wide range of readers from novices to more seasoned practicing dermatologists and dermatopathologists.

Well written and desperately needed book on such a difficult yet timely topic.

Thomas Brenn, M.D.
Br J Dermatol 2014;171:919

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The first such textbook devoted to molecular diagnostics and the skin.

A comprehensive and detailed review of the role of molecular pathology in nearly all aspects of skin disease.

The text is easy to follow, detailed and emphasizes the practical, clinical applications and implications of the available studies, putting them into the broader context of the care of the patient.

Nooshin K. Brinster, M.D.
J Am Acad Dermatol 2015;72:e185

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