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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 133-134  

Book: Nail disorders: A comprehensive approach

Department of Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprosy, Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubanewar, Odisha, India

Date of Web Publication13-Jan-2020

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Chakravarthi Rangachari Srinivas
Department of Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprosy, Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubanewar - 751 001, Odisha
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DOI: 10.4103/idoj.IDOJ_570_19

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Srinivas CR. Book: Nail disorders: A comprehensive approach. Indian Dermatol Online J 2020;11:133-4

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Srinivas CR. Book: Nail disorders: A comprehensive approach. Indian Dermatol Online J [serial online] 2020 [cited 2022 Jan 23];11:133-4. Available from: https://www.idoj.in/text.asp?2020/11/1/133/275682

Editors : Archana Singal, Shekhar Neema, Piyush Kumar

Publisher: CRC Press

Edition : 1st edition, 2019

Pages : 536

Price : $99.95

Dermatologists can learn a lot from the nail examination. It has a story to tell and can forecast events to follow. This book “Nail disorders: A comprehensive approach” tells us how! The book paves its way through history, pathology, pathogenesis, laboratory investigations, clinical examination, and onychoscopy, and finally offers therapeutic solutions, both medical and surgical. I would like to emphasize that therapeutics is one of the strongest points of the book. For example, the chapter on dermatophytic onychomycosis goes on to discuss topical and systemic treatments, different drugs, LASER and light-based therapies, modifications of conventional therapy, surgical treatment, and at last, treatment in special populations such as pregnant women, elderly, and diabetics. I am sure readers would not have to look anywhere else while reading for the treatment of onychomycosis and readers will feel confident about treating common and uncommon nail conditions. All these details are backed by extensively referenced, very up-to-date bibliography, and established treatment guidelines which itself is an accomplishment. Dedicated chapters on commonly presenting nail diseases such as ingrown nails, chronic paronychia, and nail tic disorders make this book uniquely useful for practicing dermatologists. It also contains chapters on relatively new topics of nail imaging, nail photography, and nail cosmetics. The book dedicates a separate section to surgical management of nail diseases and covers basics including anesthesia of the nail unit, various nail biopsy techniques, injection therapy, and surgery of benign tumors. This should cover major bulk of nail surgeries in routine practice.

The book is organized into 38 chapters (536 pages) with 691 color images and follows a reader-friendly format with multiple tables and charts. Most of the images are of excellent quality and are true representatives of various nail conditions. The addition of numerous images in chapters like benign and malignant nail tumors makes all these chapters so complete. In fact, images are yet another highlight of the book. The chapters have been written in simple and lucid language by carefully selected national and international authors of repute. As the chosen authors have worked extensively in the field, their vast experience percolates into the chapters. The book has been edited meticulously to permit effortless reading. The content flows well and provides a good reading experience. The information provided is up-to-date, yet the tone of the book is clinical. A busy dermatologist would feel much more confident about managing nail diseases after reading this book.

In essence, the book presents concise, clinically relevant information in each chapter, and is useful for the management of common as well as difficult conditions involving nails. There is a paucity of literature or textbook which covers nail disorders in such details, this book bridges that gap. This book is useful to private practitioners, academicians, and students alike. I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in the field of nail diseases. For beginners, all of the basics are presented in a very reader-friendly format. As the content is updated as per current information in a concise manner, even experts in this field would find this book useful in teaching residents or for a quick revision. It is one of those rare books which must be in every dermatologist's bookshelf but have to be taken off the bookshelf on a regular basis.


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