Diagnosis of Skin Disease

Ian H. Coulson, Emma C. Benton, Stephanie Ogden


This chapter deals with the essentials of arriving at a diagnosis of skin disease by the process of history taking and clinical examination, supplemented by simple both bedside procedures (e.g. Wood's light, diascopy, dermoscopy and confocal microscopy) and laboratory investigations. It includes a glossary of dermatological terms and their definitions. The roles of teledermatology, mobile telephone and Internet technology are also covered.
Keywords dermatological diagnosis, history taking, skin examination, disfigurement, dermatological quality of life, dermatological terms, morphology, diascopy, Wood's light, dermoscopy, confocal microscopy, radiology, ultrasound, prick testing, teledermatology, smartphone applications


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