|About the Book|
It was nice and light enough to convince myself that I already started to look for a suitable subject for my upcoming PhD thesis, while everyone around me is talking about the importance of “brainstorming” for a reasonable time before, in order to get the most bearable topic for this unbearable, silly and fruitless mission. So, lets read and pretend we are improving our skills right now.As a picture is worth a thousand words, the text in this book is kept to a minimum, which is a good news I know. Firstly, These pictures are shown in both low and high- power views for each case. Then, major differences among diagnosis that are sometimes confused are emphasized on “key differences” pages, to train yourself on the correct “diagnosis by first impression” as the sub-title of the book said. Since I am an Oral Pathologist, I found these following topics which I wrote down here, are the most important one in my field. And I have to say that this selectivity I’ve done, doesn’t at all undermine the value of the other subjects and cases through the whole book:- Normal back skin and Scleroderma (as square /rectangular shape).- Psoriasis (as regular acanthosis).- Coccidiodomycosis (as pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia above abscesses).- Branchial Cleft Cyst, Dermoid Cyst, Epidermal Inclusion Cyst, and Pilar Cyst (as space with lining).- Kaposi Sarcoma (as spindle cell type) and Pyogenic granuloma (as suggestion of vessels) with Kaposi as well.- Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma and Cylindroma (as circular dermal islands).- Actinic Keratosis (as hyperkeratosis/parakeratosis).- Verruca Vulgaris (as upper epidermal change).- Herpes Virus Infection (as epidermal necrosis) , Pemphigus Vulgaris, and Squamous Cell Carcinoma –Adenoid Type ( as Acantholysis).- Bullous Pemphigoid and Lymphangioma (as subepidermal space/cleft).- Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (as a band-like upper dermal infiltrate).- Lichen Planus (as interface reaction).- Melanin in interdermal nevus (as granular material in cells).- Blue Nevus (as busy dermis and melanotic cell type).- Granular Cell Tumor, Lipoma, and Melanoma (as Clear cell type).- Deep penetrating nevus, Spituz Nevus and Melanoma (as melanotic cell type).- Leiomyoma, Neurofibroma, encapsulated neuroma, and Schwannoma (as spindle cell type).- Sarcoidosis (as Giant cell type).- Basal Cell Carcinoma (as blue tumor), Leukemia and Lymphoma (as blue infiltrate).- Mucocele (as mucin and glands or ducts).- Erythema Multiform, nutritional deficiency (as epidermal necrosis).I noticed that the description of this book on Goodreads is devoid of a summary of its original Chapters and Topics. Therefore, I thought it may help anyone who’s interested to take a look at the way of the classification that has been used here and the cases that fell underneath as well:Chapter 1 (Shape on Low Power): Polypoid, Square/rectangular, Regular acanthosis, Pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia above abscesses, Proliferation downward from epidermis, Central pore, Palisading reactions, Space with a lining, Epidermal perforation, Cords and tubules, Papillated dermal tumor, Suggestion of vessels, and Circular dermal islands.Chapter 2 (Top-Down): Hyperkeratosis/parakeratosis, Upper epidermal change, Acantholysis, Eosinophilic spongiosis, Subepidermal space/cleft, Perivascular infiltrate, Band-like upper dermal infiltrate, Interface reaction, Granular “material” in cells, “Busy” dermis, Dermal material, and Change in the fat.Chapter 3 (Cell Type): Clear, Melanocytic, Spindle, and Giant.Chapter 4 (Color—Blue): Blue tumor, Blue infiltrate, Mucin and glands or ducts, Mucin.Chapter 5 (Color—Pink): Pink material, Pink dermis with vessels, and Epidermal necrosis.wanting to record here that I dream to make a useful thesis about AIDS patients in Egypt. And despite all I’ve got from revealing this dream to anyone is laughter, I still want to see if I would do it someday or will let myself down as I always perfectly do!!