A Leading Dermatology Atlas on the iPad and iPhone: Fitzpatrick’s Color Atlas

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In the past year, we have taken a look at the Color Atlas of Family Medicine, the Pocket Atlas of Emergency Ultrasound, and the Atlas of Emergency Medicine, all from Usatine Media in conjunction with McGraw-Hill. We reviewed all three apps quite favorably, declaring the Atlas of Family Medicine “a premier comprehensive atlas” and the app superior to the hardcover text version, and the Atlas of Emergency Medicine “a useful reference and point-of-care tool” for ER physicians and students.

Today we review a fourth app –Fitzpatrick’s Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology—from Usatine Media. Usatine Media, led by Dr. Richard Usatine from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center-San Antonio, have developed the aforementioned four apps as well as the Color Atlas and Synopsis of Pediatric Dermatology. Fitzpatrick’s is co-edited by Dr. Richard Johnson, the Director of Clinical Dermatology at Harvard Medical School, and Dr. Klaus Wolff, Chairman Emeritus of Dermatology at the Medical University of Vienna. Read below the jump to take a look at the Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology Atlas app.

Fitzpatrick’s carries a bottom bar that features functions for Index, Text, Figures, and More. Like other Usatine Media apps, the Table of Contents is well-organized into 4 Parts and 36 Chapters, which are labeled with representative “icons” and subdivided into Topics.

Of note, Fitzpatrick’s includes a useful Introduction, which contains information on how to best use the Atlas.

For example, this screen shot describes how each disease is labeled with symbols to indicate the incidence (squares) and morbidity (circles) of the particular illness of interest. The Introduction also includes sections on topics such as “Serious Sick Signs in Sick Patients” as well as a thorough primer on how to describe skin lesions and special techniques used in the dermatologic examination. Simply put, this introduction in Fitzpatrick’s app is quite useful for any clinician.

Here, we take a quick look at the Chapter on Pigmentary Disorders and its Topic on Vitiligo. As we have come to expect from Usatine Media apps, the section features several high-quality photographs of the illness of interest, followed by the associated synopsis. The synopses are concise, but are thorough and contain the relevant information relating to the illness.

One nice feature here is the “Jump” button in the top right corner of the screen, which allows for rapid navigation between different sections of the selected topic, as an alternative to finger-scrolling through the selected topic.

As shown here, each figure is full-color, high-quality, and contains a concise caption explaining the image. Of note, users are not yet able to swipe between the images pertaining to a given Topic, but instead must go back one screen and click on another image to view it.

As an alternative to the Table of Contents, users can utilize the index, which sorts each Topic alphabetically.

Finally, Fitzpatrick’s offers separate text and figure searches. These searches, though separate, each offer the features of suggestions while searching, as well as storing recent searches (which are shared between both text and figure searches). As shown below, search results are prioritized by the number of matches. As in the Atlas of Emergency Medicine, there is no option to conduct a combined search of both text and figures simultaneously.

Price::

Fitzpatrick’s costs $74.99 at the iTunes app store.

Likes:

  • Over 1,500 impressive high-quality clinical images that the Usatine Media line of applications are known for
  • Synopses are concise but contain the relevant information
  • Easily navigable content that does not require an internet connection
  • Two high-powered co-editors of the Atlas

Dislikes/Future Updates:

  • Price: Usatine Media apps are somewhat costly, though Fitzpatrick’s ($75) is cheaper than the Atlas of Emergency Medicine ($200) and the Atlas of Family Medicine ($95)
  • There does appear to be some small amount of overlap with the other Usatine Media apps (specifically, the Color Atlas of Family Medicine and its Dermatology chapter); perhaps a combined option for these two resources might be more useful to some users than purchasing and using both of these apps separately?
  • Similar to other Usatine Media apps, searches for text and figures are conducted separately; a combined text and figures search option might be helpful for some users (though the sharing of recent searches between the two search engines works toward this function)
  • Fitzpatrick’s does not yet feature the ability to swipe between images in a given Topic

Summary:

Fitzpatrick’s Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology, developed by Usatine Media, lives up to the lofty expectations set by its fellow Usatine Media apps. Fitzpatrick’s is an outstanding dermatology atlas app with over 1,500 high-quality images, and well worth its $75 cost to clinicians and trainees who see dermatologic conditions on a regular basis— particularly dermatologists, family practitioners, oncologists, and medical students.

iTunes Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fitzpatricks-color-atlas-synopsis/id425365408?mt=8

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