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This new text provides the clinician with a practical framework with which to evaluate patients suspected of having rheumatic skin disorders. The hallmark cutaneous features indicative of rheumatic skin diseases are emphasized, along with the evaluation of involved organ systems. Patients presenting with disorders in which skin disease and systemic involvement may be coupled have an opportunity for timely detection and intervention. Identification of specific cutaneous morphologic features, along with systemic assessment, is an integral part of the workup and co-management of these patients. The goal of facilitating screening, appropriate referral, and co-management for patients is addressed in the book through discussion of the exam, serologic workup, and image and organ function-based evaluations. Many dermatologists have not received specific training in the basic cutaneous, musculoskeletal, and other systemic evaluation of patients with rheumatic skin diseases. Therefore, a clinically relevant gap between current and best practices exists, and Rheumatic Skin Diseases in Clinical Medicine aims to close this gap for practicing dermatologists and rheumatologists, as well as resident physicians and fellows in these fields.
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Dr. Amit Garg is Director of the Dermatology Training Program and Associate Professor of Dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine at Boston Medical Center. He is also Director of the Rheumatic Skin Disease Clinic at Boston Medical Center and Co-Director of the Dermatology Module, Disease and Therapy Core Curriculum at BUSM. Dr. Garg's research interests encompass undergraduate and graduate medical education and he has developed a comprehensive web based curriculum in dermatology for medical undergraduates. Dr. Garg has served on editorial boards for the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, as well as AAD based publications. He is on the Executive Committee of the Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (GRAPPA). Additionally, Dr. Garg is a member of the planning committee for the Association of Professors of Dermatology and the Medical Dermatological Society. He is also a member of the core curriculum committee of the American Board of Dermatology. Dr. Garg has several invited lectures and publications to his credit.
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