I have learned a huge amount over the last half decade from the teaching of Jonathan Bowling and was delighted to get my hands on his long awaited book. Dr Bowling is the acknowledged top UK expert on dermoscopy and has done much more than anyone else in Britain to popularise and teach this invaluable technique, first by the London meetings he arranged with international experts Giuseppe Argenziano and Peter Soyer and then by his own lecturing with the PCDS and others. The dermoscopy sceptics are being won over by the growing evidence plus hands on experience and this useful addition to the literature will be of great value particulary to beginners.
As well as a comprehensive and practical look at the range of skin lesions, the author also looks at some rashes and hair conditions where the 'scope can help.
Only four stars as the images aren't as big, crisp and bright as in the Johr, Soyer, Argenziano et al book 'Dermoscopy the Essentials', but that's no reason not to own both books. There is advantage for beginners and improvers in dermoscopy in learning from many teachers, due to the inevitably subjective element in dermoscopy. No two lesions are exactly alike and as another reviewer wrote, one needs to see many examples. The blogs (notably Dr Eric Erhsam's excellent dermoscopic blogspot) and free on line resources like the International Dermoscopy Society, dermnetnz, and YouTube can greatly assist, but there is nothing like having a book to keep going back to, and this is a good and affordable one.
Declaration of interest: I know Dr Bowling (although I have not discussed this review with him!) am a trustee of the PCDS, have my own dermoscopy blog and teach dermoscopy for reward.