A Collection of Dermatology Photos
One of my favorite dermatology textbooks is Clinical Dermatology by Thomas B. Habif. It includes excellent photographic examples of dermatological conditions and their various presentations. The images are compiled from three main sources: Alan N. Binnick, MD, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine (Dermatology), Dartmouth Medical School, and Lawrence B. Meyerson, Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the author himself. Each contributor has over 30 years experience as a dermatologist and a medical photographer. Their combined collection of over 23,000 images can be found at www.dermnet.com.
Some dermatological conditions are so clinically obvious they can be diagnosed instantly. But many skin conditions can be frustratingly difficult to differentiate and access to these photographs can be quite helpful to the clinician. For anyone inexperienced in the diagnosis of dermatological diseases, I caution you to avoid self-diagnosis.
Do your own research, educate yourself, but leave the diagnosing to the pros to avoid misdiagnosis. Also, when you have just enough knowledge to be dangerous, there is a tendency to develop hypochondriasis – the syndrome that many med students develop when they study illnesses for the first time. It is easy to convince yourself you have every horrible disease you come across because symptoms can be vague or appear similar from one condition to the next. So when viewing the photos on www.dermnet.com keep in mind it is just an educational tool and is not meant to be a substitute for the diagnostic skills of trained dermatologists and clinicians. Enjoy!
Publish Date: February 13, 2013 *Articles may include updates since original publishing.