Lookingbill and Marks’ Principles of Dermatology is a textbook by Elsevier that is considered a great resource for introductory material in the field of dermatology. The text covers a full range of skin diseases and can be a great resource to quickly reference. The textbook has now also been converted to an app format by Usatine Media for portable use.

User Interface

The textbook opens with a table of contents that is separated by larger subheadings to categorize the chapters. The main page also has a menu bar along the bottom of the screen that allows users to search the textbook, look at bookmarks and read their previous notes from the text.

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The user can then click on a chapter that they wish to read. Once the chapter opens, there are clickable links that are available to move through the subsections within the chapter. The text goes over an assortment of skin diseases and includes thumbnails of images that can be found in the physical version of the textbook. A list of the the images within the chapter can also be seen at the top of the screen.

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These thumbnails can be clicked on to see an enlarged version of the image as well as the caption that goes along with it.

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The app also allows the user to take notes that are attached to each chapter. Unfortunately, the notes cannot be added to specific subsections of the app as would be possible with a physical textbook. The app also has the option to bookmark sections that can be retrieved from the bookmark tab on the main screen.

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The app also includes a very useful search tab that allows the user to search for text and images.

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The app also includes a self- assessment section that has 17 cases. Each case presents an image of a disease and asks for the differential diagnosis, work-up and treatment.

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  • Price
    • $89.99
    • Very easy to use and navigate
    • Great search feature
    • Easy to see images with ability to zoom in on thumbnails


  • Dislikes
    • Price is more than physical textbook
    • Notes cannot be added to specific subsections


  • Overall

    The Lookingbill and Marks’ Principles of Dermatology app is a portable version of a great introductory dermatology resource. The app is very easy to use and allows for easy access. Like the textbook, the app contains a ton of images of dermatological pathology. However, it would be difficult to use this app at the bedside as there is usually only 1 image example for a specific disease. The app also has some useful features that cannot be found in a physical textbook such as a search function and the ability to look at larger versions of images. However, compared to the Amazon.com  price of the book ($83.00 at time of review), this app costs a bit more.

  • Overall Score
  • User Interface

    Easy to use and navigate.

  • Multimedia Usage

    Images are easy to see and very clear. App allows user to see larger version of images.

  • Price

    $89.99 – Costs more than physical textbook

  • Real World Applicability

    This app can be useful for easy access to information on dermatological pathology and allows for features that cannot be found in a physical textbook. However, it also does not allow a user to take notes within specific sections of the text as they could with a physical textbook.

  • Device Used For Review

    iPad 2

  • Available for DownloadiPhone