This excellent monograph is from the series on major problems in clinical surgery. The authors have produced a well-illustrated and nicely written text, which principally addresses surgical management but also discusses clinical and histologic features of melanoma, appropriate techniques of biopsy, and preoperative clinical evaluation.
The excellent color photographs demonstrate different features of melanoma. Discussions about the differential diagnosis of pigmented lesions include both the clinical and histopathologic perspectives. The section concerning indications and techniques of biopsy should be read by all who perform biopsies of pigmented lesions.
The rest of the book covers surgery of primary melanoma and regional lymph nodes as well as management of metastases. The new staging system for melanoma proposed by the American Joint Committee on Cancer and the surgical approach for patients with melanoma based on prognostic factors are presented. Although a great deal of this material has limited practical application for the dermatologist,