Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology 8th Edition PDF
Just over forty years ago, the fi rst edition of Textbook of Dermatology was published under the leadership of Arthur Rook, Darrell Wilkinson and John Ebling. Now designated Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology, but known to many dermatologists as ‘The Rook book’, or simply ‘Rook’, it is in its eighth edition. The editorial team that supervised compilation of the seventh edition has also been involved in preparation of the current edition. As always, we would like to express our gratitude to previous editors and contributors whose efforts have provided the framework upon which this book has expanded and continued to evolve over the years. We are also indebted to contributors to earlier editions who have generously allowed some of their material to be retained for the present edition, and to those colleagues who have donated colour photographs. The origin of these is given in the legend to each fi gure, and where no acknowledgement is given the fi gures have been provided by the authors of that chapter.
Our aim is to continue to provide an updated reference guide to dermatological diseases, and to encourage understanding of scientifi c aspects of dermatology, although the book is not intended to provide extensive details of research in the basic sciences. Nowadays there is electronic access to vast amounts of information, but we believe that a reference textbook, which can be readily accessed in the clinic or consulting room, or perused at leisure in an armchair, continues to be a valuable resource. For this edition, every chapter has been updated, and several have been extensively modifi ed and expanded, including the chapters on comparative dermatology and radiotherapy and reactions to ionizing radiation. There is also a separate chapter on the sexually transmitted diseases. Changes to chapters dealing with lasers and dermatological surgery refl ect developments in recent years, and a new chapter describing skin rejuvenation procedures is indicative of the interest in this aspect of dermatology. We thank our long-suffering wives and families for their tolerance and support over many years. We should also like to thank the production team of Wiley- Blackwell for their efforts throughout the preparation of this edition, in particular Julie Elliott, Martin Sugden, Anne Bassett, the indexer Caroline Sheard, and the copy editor and proof reader.