Professor R StC Barnetson, University of Sydney, Australia, wrote the original chapter on the sun and the skin, which is included in this edition. Professor Barbara Leppard, Regional Dermatology Training Centre, Moshi, Tanzania, has contributed a chapter on tropical dermatology with her own illustrations and some from Professor Barnetson. Professor R Hay, St Johns Institute of Dermatology, UMDS, Guy's Hospital, London, extensively revised the section on bacterial and fungal infections and provided some illustrations. Dr JA Savin, Lothian University NHS Trust, Edinburgh, rewrote the section on genetics and skin disease. Dr MA Waugh, consultant in GU medicine, The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, provided material and illustrations on AIDS. Dr Robin Balfour and Dr Ewan Crawford, general practitioners in Edinburgh, provided contributions on dermatology in general practice.
Material from contributors to earlier editions has been retained, particularly that supplied by Dr DJ Gawkrodger, consultant dermatologist, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield (autoimmunity), Dr DWS Harris, consultant dermatologist, Whittington Hospital, London (practical procedures), Dr D Kemmett, consultant dermatologist, Lothian University NHS Trust, Edinburgh (diseases of hair and scalp), Dr AL Wright, consultant dermatologist, Bradford Royal Infirmary (diseases of nails).
The illustrations come from the Fife hospitals, the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh and the author's own collection. Some specific illustrations have been donated by Dr JA Savin (flea bites on the ankle); Dr Peter Ball (rubella); Professor CV Ruckley (varicose veins); Dr GB Colver (spider naevus); Dr MA Waugh and Dr M Jones (AIDS); Dr PMW Copemen (dermatoses in black skin). Miss Julie Close made the diagrams of the nail and types of immune response. The illustrations for dermatology in general practice were produced by Sister Sheila Robertson, Dermatology Liaison Nurse in Fife and Julie Close. The text of the third edition, on which this one is based, was typed by Mrs Mary Henderson. I would also like to thank Pat Croucher, who proofread the third edition, for copy-editing the script for this edition with perception and patience. Sally Carter and the editorial staff at BMJ Books gave great help and support.
Finally thanks are due to all the hospital staff—and particularly the patients—without whom dermatology could not be practised at all.
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