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.
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.
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.
These thumbnails can be clicked on to see an enlarged version of the image as well as the caption that goes along with it.
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.
The app also includes a very useful search tab that allows the user to search for text and images.
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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