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New knowledge drives medical progress and improves patient care. The rapid growth of this knowledge in skin diseases and skin biology makes publication of the eighth edition of Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine (DIGM) particularly timely. Forty years ago, the first edition of “Fitz” was a critical textbook devoted to providing a comprehensive knowledge of dermatology. The relevance of dermatology to general medicine and the basic science foundations of the specialty were defining elements of the new text. This edition, more than ever, reinforces those earlier goals and is designed to be easily accessible to those interested in the clinical and basic science of dermatology. This reference text also highlights the relevance of dermatology to general internal medicine and other disciplines of medicine and surgery. It is written for experienced clinicians and skin biologists worldwide as well as for those in training.

The online edition adds further textual and illustrative detail to almost all chapters and provides extensive and robust literature citations, many with online links, which are especially useful for those who seek an in-depth understanding of a particular topic.

Because of the explosion of new knowledge relevant to dermatology and cutaneous biology, chapters have been extensively revised and new chapters have been added on global dermatologic health, ethnic, and racial considerations for normal and diseased skin, and stem cell science. Medical and surgical therapeutics sections have been greatly expanded to reflect the increased importance of procedural dermatology.

Twenty percent of the chapters have new authorship, drawing from expertise around the world. These authors provide new perspectives and guarantee that the content of the book remains fresh and vital.

Schematic diagrams of clinical and basic science mechanisms and clinical care algorithms have been revised to allow rapid intuitive guidance while retaining accuracy and critical detail. This edition is enhanced with additional clinical figures and new tables that permit a “quick look” at key points in each chapter.

Validated, well-synthesized, and critically interpreted information is essential to improve the care of patients, to prevent skin disease, and to advance cutaneous biology. The current editors of DIGM have striven to fulfill these goals of the original text.

Lowell A. Goldsmith
Stephen I. Katz
Barbara A. Gilchrest
Amy S. Paller
David J. Leffell
Klaus Wolff

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