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Welcome to Shimizu’s Textbook of Dermatology. This is an upgraded edition of Japan’s best-selling dermatology textbook. I spent 5 years completing the Japanese-language edition, which sold more than 10,000 copies in the first one year after publication in 2005. The popularity of the Japanese edition owes to its coverage of all the basic information necessary for dermatology practice, presented with clear descriptions and accompanied by more than 1,000 high-quality clinical photos.

This is not a color atlas, but a complete textbook of dermatology for dermatologists, medical students and educators, and other medical workers. There are many similar dermatology textbooks of similar size and weight. But the unique point of this textbook is that I have included all major diseases seen in dermatology practice, while minimizing the book’s size and weight by avoiding vague or excessive descriptions.

I hope readers will bring this textbook with them to the clinic and the classroom.

Thanks to the Internet, anyone can read any chapter as a PDF file for free. Those who wish to buy the hardcopy, with high-quality clinical photos, can order the textbook by Hokkaido University Press

I hope you enjoy and appreciate Shimizu’s Textbook of Dermatology as a tool for education, everyday reference and refining your dermatological expertise.

Hiroshi Shimizu
July 2007

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Author Profile
Structure and
Function of the Skin
Histopathology of the Skin
Immunology of the Skin
Skin Lesions
Diagnosis of Skin Diseases
Treatment of Skin Diseases
Eczema and Dermatitis
Urticaria, Prurigo and Pruritus
Erythema, Erythroderma
(Exfoliative Dermatitis)
Drug-Induced Skin Reactions
and GVHD
Vasculitis, Purpura and
Other Vascular Diseases
Collagen Diseases
Physiochemical Injury and
Photosensitive Diseases
Blistering and Pustular Diseases
Disorders of Abnormal Keratinization
Disorders of Skin Color
Metabolic Disorders
Disorders of the Dermis and Subcutaneous Fat
Disorders of the Skin Appendages
Nevus and Neurocutaneous Syndrome
Benign Skin Tumors
Malignant Skin Tumors and Melanomas
Viral Infections
Bacterial Infections
Fungal Diseases
Mycobacterial Infections
Sexually Transmitted
Skin Diseases Caused by Arthropods and Other Noxious Animals
Genodermatoses: Genetic Counseling and Prenatal Diagnosis
Dermoscopy: Appendix