1st Edition

Fundamentals of Practice


  • Robin Graham-Brown
  • Tim Cunliffe
  • Johnny Bourke
    • Print ISBN 9780723434474

    Key Features

    • Endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners, London, UK, for postgraduate dermatology training.

    • Helps the physician demonstrate a reasoned approach to the diagnosis of skin symptoms using history, examination, incremental investigations and referral.

    • Helps with timely appropriate referrals on behalf of patients to specialist services, especially to rapid access pigmented lesion (sometimes called skin cancer, mole or melanoma) clinics.

    • Describes the side effects of common medicines used to prevent and treat other conditions that may cause skin problems.

    • Describes the rationale for restricting certain investigations and treatments in the management of skin problems e.g. prescribing of retinoids, access to phototherapy.

    • Helps the physician appreciate the importance of the social and psychological impact of skin problems on the patient’s quality of life, including, for example, the effects of disfigurement or sleep deprivation as a result of itching.

    • Gives advice regarding the successful co-ordination of care with other primary care health professionals, dermatologists and other appropriate specialists, leading to effective and appropriate acute and chronic disease management including prevention and rehabilitation.

    • Promotes skin well-being by explaining health promotion and disease prevention strategies appropriately including sun protection, occupational health advice and hand care.

    • Helps physicians empower patients to look after their own health and take responsibility for managing their skin problems.

    • Helps physicians empower patients with chronic skin problems to manage the effects of disfigurement.

    Table of Contents

    Section 1: Symptoms and Signs:
    Rashes. Facial rashes. Hair. Nails. Itch. Blisters. Pigmented rashes. Pigmented lesions. Lumps and bumps.

    Section 2: Common Conditions:
    Eczema. Psoriasis. Generalised pruritus. Urticaria and vasculitis. Acne and rosacea. Infections and infestations. Leg ulcers and lymphoedema. Skin tumours. Disorders of hair and nails. Drug eruptions. Less common disorders. Disorders of pigmentation. Genetics.

    Section 3: Management:
    Investigations. Treatment principles. Emergency treatment.


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    About the authors

    Robin Graham-Brown

    Robin Graham-Brown graduated in medicine from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, University of London, UK. His postgraduate training in general medicine and dermatology was also in London, at the Queen Mary’s University Hospital and at the Royal Free. He was appointed consultant dermatologist in Leicester in 1983, and subsequently became honorary senior lecturer in the University department. His main clinical research interests have been in early diagnosis and public education on skin cancer (especially melanoma) and in atopic eczema. Dr Graham-Brown has co-edited Skin Diseases in the Elderly, and co-written two books (Lecture Notes on Dermatology and A Colour Atlas and Text of Dermatology), as well as chapters for several textbooks. He has co-authored over 180 original articles, reviews and published abstracts. He is President of the British Association of Dermatology 2005/2006.