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Clinical approach to the diagnosis of skin disease 

Clinical approach to the diagnosis of skin disease

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Clinical approach to the diagnosis of skin disease
Author(s):

Vanessa Venning

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.2302_update_001

July 30, 2015: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

Update:

Investigation—description of dermoscopy.

Updated on 30 May 2013. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 27 June 2017

As in most medical specialities, the diagnosis of skin disease relies on careful history taking, and a thorough examination, supported in some cases by appropriate investigation. Astute physicians will also be aware that management outcomes are improved by taking account of the impact of skin disease on patients’ lives, whether through discomfort, disfigurement, or disability. This section, however, is chiefly concerned with aspects of history taking and examination that inform the diagnostic process....

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