Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

March 30, 2017
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A derm classic goes electronic

A big text that you can now carry in your pocket

Many of the apps featured here are free or cost only a few dollars. This is emphatically not the case with Lookingbill and Marks’ Principles of Dermatology by Elsevier.

The classic introductory text is now available in an app that’s priced at US$89.99 — you can get the newest edition (June 2013) in paperback on Amazon for US$79.65.

The key advantage to having it on an iPad or iPhone (there’s no Android app yet) is portability; a second is the search function.

The opening screen shows full-content pages, and any and all of your bookmarks: another plus. Each chapter also has links to sections within it (very handy) and a note-taking page.

Thumbnails of images appear at the top of the screen, another search timesaver. Click on an image and it opens on full screen, which also includes a clearly written caption. The search tab works well and allows users to search by either word or image. There are also 17 case-based self-assessment features that begin with an image of a condition, and ask for a diagnosis and workup.

Overall assessment: the app is easy to use, and the search function and ability to enlarge photos makes it a better bet than the hard copy.


Lookingbill and Marks’ Principles of Dermatology by Usatine Media LLC
Devices: iPad and iPhone only
Cost: US$89.99

This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.

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