McKee's Pathology of the Skin: A Comprehensive Review of the Fourth Edition
McKee's Pathology of the Skin is a well-known and widely used reference book on dermatopathology, covering etiology, pathogenesis, disease mechanisms, and recent genetic, molecular, and basic science data. The fourth edition, published in 2011, was extensively revised and updated by Drs. J. Eduardo Calonje, Thomas Brenn, Alexander Lazar, and Phillip McKee, with new illustrations, chapters, and coverage of new entities such as lymphomas, cutaneous tissue tumors, diseases of the nail, and more[^1^].
The book consists of two volumes and 1906 pages, with over 5000 histopathologic and clinical images that demonstrate the range of histologic manifestations of various skin conditions[^2^]. The book is organized into 24 sections that cover general principles of dermatopathology, inflammatory diseases, infections, disorders of epidermal differentiation and keratinization, genodermatoses and syndromes, metabolic and nutritional disorders, vascular disorders, tumors of the skin and soft tissues, lymphoproliferative disorders, cutaneous manifestations of systemic diseases, diseases of the hair and nails, diseases of the oral cavity and lips, diseases of the genitalia and perineum, diseases of the conjunctiva and eyelid[^1^], laboratory techniques in dermatopathology[^3^], and salivary gland tumors[^3^]. Each chapter begins with a brief introduction to the topic followed by bulleted lists of clinical features and differential diagnosis tables. The histopathologic features are described in detail with references to relevant literature. The book also provides access to the full text, image and video bank online at www.expertconsult.com[^1^].
The fourth edition of McKee's Pathology of the Skin is an invaluable resource for practicing dermatopathologists and general pathologists who sign out skin biopsies. It is also a useful reference for dermatologists, residents, fellows, and students who want to learn more about the histologic basis of skin diseases. The book is comprehensive, authoritative, up-to-date, and lavishly illustrated. It reflects the expertise and experience of the authors who are internationally renowned experts in their fields. The book is highly recommended for anyone interested in dermatopathology.
The fourth edition of McKee's Pathology of the Skin has received positive reviews from many readers who praised its comprehensiveness, clarity, and quality. For example, one reviewer on Amazon.com wrote: \"This is an excellent book for dermatopathologists and dermatology residents. It covers all aspects of dermatopathology in great detail with superb illustrations. The text is well-written and easy to follow. The online access is very helpful as well. This is a must-have book for anyone interested in dermatopathology.\"[^2^]
Another reviewer on Amazon.com commented: \"This is the best book on dermatopathology I have ever seen. It is very thorough and up-to-date with the latest molecular and genetic information. The images are stunning and high-resolution. The online version is also very convenient and user-friendly. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about skin pathology.\"[^2^]
The fourth edition of McKee's Pathology of the Skin is also endorsed by several prominent dermatopathologists and dermatologists who wrote forewords for the book. For instance, Dr. Raymond L. Barnhill, Professor of Pathology and Dermatology at UCLA, stated: \"This book represents a monumental achievement in dermatopathology and will undoubtedly serve as an indispensable reference for years to come. The authors have done a remarkable job of synthesizing a vast amount of information into a coherent and comprehensive text that covers all aspects of skin pathology from basic science to clinical practice. The illustrations are superb and reflect the highest standards of quality and accuracy. The online access is a valuable addition that enhances the utility and accessibility of the book. This book is a masterpiece that deserves a place in every dermatopathologist's library.\"[^1^] aa16f39245