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Dermatoscopy and Skin Cancer: A handbook for hunters of skin cancer and melanoma

by Cliff Rosendahl and Aksana Marozava Scion Publishing
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Pbk 384 pages
AU$92.00 NZ$95.65
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Dermatoscopy and Skin Cancer is a handbook to help dermatologists, dermatoscopists and GPs easily differentiate between benign and malignant tumours, leading to fewer unnecessary biopsies and earlier treatment of cancers.


Based around two easy to follow algorithms, Chaos and Clues and Pigment without Prediction, the book shows all dermatoscope users how to confidently diagnose skin lesions earlier and with greater precision.


In addition, this handbook also provides coverage of:

· the microanatomy of the skin;

· specimen processing and histopathology;

· the language of dermatoscopy to help name and define structures and patterns;

· approaches to skin examination and photodocumentation;

· revised pattern analysis as an additional diagnostic algorithm;

· dermatoscopic features of common and significant lesions.


Using hundreds of high quality images the authors provide a detailed algorithmic approach to assessing the skin – an approach that has been successfully taught to thousands of doctors around the world.

Chapter 1: Introduction to dermatoscopy

1.1 Why use a dermatoscope?
1.2 What is a dermatoscope?
1.3 Colours in dermatoscopy
1.4 Differences between polarised and
non-polarised dermatoscopy
1.5 Uses of dermatoscopy for conditions other
than tumours

Chapter 2: Skin – the organ

2.1 Skin as an organ
2.2 Embryology of skin
2.3 The microanatomy of skin

Chapter 3: Dermatopathology for

From the scalpel to the microscope
3.2 The histology of normal skin
3.3 Terminology used in
3.4 Dermatoscopic histological
correlation of neoplastic lesions

Chapter 4:
The language of dermatoscopy: naming and defining structures and patterns

4.1 The evolution of metaphoric terminology for dermatoscopic
structures and patterns
4.2 Revised pattern analysis of lesions pigmented by melanin
4.3 Patterns in revised pattern analysis
4.4 The process of revised pattern analysis
4.5 Revised pattern analysis applied to lesions with white
4.6 Revised pattern analysis applied to lesions with orange,
yellow and skin-coloured structures
4.7 Revised pattern analysis applied to vessel structures and
4.8 The cognition of dermatoscopy

Chapter 5: The skin examination

5.1 The skin check consultation
5.2 Photo-documentation
5.3 Patient safety: tracking specimens and self-audit
5.4 The lives of lesions

Chapter 6:
Chaos and clues: a decision algorithm for pigmented lesions

6.1 Chaos and clues
6.2 Chaos
6.3 Clues
6.4 Exceptions
6.5 Excluding unequivocal seborrhoeic keratoses from biopsy

: Prediction without pigment: a decision algorithm for non-pigmented skin

7.1 Prediction without pigment
7.2 Prediction without pigment: short version
7.3 Conclusion

Chapter 8: Pattern analysis

Revised pattern analysis – a diagnostic algorithm
An aide-memoire for revised pattern analysis of pigmented skin lesions
Applying the aide-memoire in practice

Chapter 9: Dermatoscopic features of common and
significant lesions: pigmented and non-pigmented

Melanoma: pigmented and non-pigmented
Melanocytic naevi: pigmented and non-pigmented
Basal cell carcinoma: pigmented and non-pigmented
Benign keratinocytic lesions

Actinic keratosis, squamous cell carcinoma in
and squamous cell carcinoma
Dermatofibroma and dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans
Haemangioma and other vascular lesions
Merkel cell carcinoma
Atypical fibroxanthoma
Adnexal tumours
Molluscum contagiosum
Cutaneous lymphoma
Kaposi sarcoma


Five-star reviews:

Outstanding skin cancer diagnosis book for beginners and experts alike "This book is based on some 20,000 skin lesion cases which Professor Rosendahl personally diagnosed, photographed and treated in his Brisbane clinic, and analysed through the SCARD data base which he helped create. That is serious data from real life, giving this book great authority. I had the privilege of studying in the author's clinic, and as a doctor of 40 years, 20 years working with skin tumours, I know a real expert when I see one at work.

"Cliff is passionate about skin cancer diagnosis, and teaching it to others. Highly regarded as an original researcher, he teaches skin lesion recognition all over the world, including places like Iran, Turkey and Ukraine as well as Australia, New Zealand and Western Europe. He worked with Viennese dermatoscopy superstar Professor Harald Kittler to develop the 'Chaos and Clues' and 'Prediction without Pigment' algorithms which run through the whole book.

"This modern diagnostic approach builds on previous knowledge and is objectively as diagnostically accurate as older diagnostic methods, but is quicker to learn and easier to teach. Moreover, the method uses an objective, geometric , descriptive terminology for lesion patterns and clues, which translates into non-English languages more easily than the older metaphorical terminology (very necessary since skin cancer and dermoscopy are global) and gives a more reproducible way of sharing data for research.

"Strongly recommended for all skin lesion diagnosticians from nurse to professor, beginners and advanced will all get something from this book. Very inexpensive too!" Amazon reviewer
(Declaration of interest: SH received generous hospitality and tuition from Cliff Rosendahl when visiting Brisbane, and contributed a foreword to the book.)

Superb "The most informative and accessible book I have read on this subject. Great illustrations and clear, informative, relevent text on skin structure, histopathological correlations of dermatoscopy and methodology for dermatoscopy along with excellent images. Tremendous value for money." Amazon reviewer

Beautiful examples of clinico-dermoscopic-pathologic correlation "Rosendahl and Marozava's Dermatoscopy and Skin Cancer is a great resource for both beginner dermoscopists and those wishing to advance their skills. Illustrations combining clinical, dermoscopic and histopathologic images emphasise the correlations between these three critical modalities and are particularly useful for understanding and identifying the whole range of skin cancers and their stimulants." Amazon reviewer

Cliff Rosendahl - School of Clinical Medicine, The University of Queensland.


Aksana Marozava.