Series: Dermatologists Reveal Must-Read Books


In a world with so many books and so little  time, finding the best book that is useful to your practice and life can be challenging. The Dermatologist reached out to dermatologists and asked them what books influenced them and what books they would suggest other dermatologists make time to read.

Here are some highlights.

From the Medical Community


Joel Schlessinger, MD, FAAD, FAACS, in practice in Omaha, NE, recently finished reading When Breath Becomes Air by Dr Paul Kalanathi, which is a book that was published posthumously by a neurosurgeon who died of stage IV metastatic lung cancer (Figure 10).

“While there isn’t a happy conclusion to it, the exercise of seeing what may happen to us at any time in our lives is important. We assume that time is a given, but this book puts this assumption to a test. I was impacted by it and feel other doctors, both newer and more established, will find some parallel to their lives. It is a quick read and well written,” he said.



Amy McMichael, MD, professor and chair, department of dermatology, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC, offered the book Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese as a reading suggestion (Figure 11).

“This book has amazing detail of the physical exam in all its glory as well as the varied way in which care is delivered in this country as well as abroad. All this with an amazing evaluation of the human condition make this an important book to read for any physician,” she said.






Kenneth Beer, MD, associate clinical professor, University of Miami, and clinical associate in dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, noted, “Andrews’ Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology is the best dermatology book: it is concise and accurate (Figure 12).”