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I met Edmund in the late 1990s when he was an editor for my monthly column at the dermatology magazine Skin and Aging. We developed a great rapport and enjoyed working together. One day he suggested that I write a textbook on cosmetic dermatology. I had no idea how to do a book proposal and he generously offered to help me. We decided to send the proposal to McGraw-Hill because they were the publisher of all of the great medical books, such as Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine and Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology in General Medicine. We were thrilled to get a book deal with them and wrote and published the first edition of Cosmetic Dermatology in 2002. It rapidly became a bestseller. Somewhere during that time, I was asked to write a column in Skin and Allergy News and I asked Edmund to become my editor. We have worked together for over 15 years now on various projects including the “Cosmeceutical Critique” column that led to this book. We are currently working on the 3rd edition of Cosmetic Dermatology – which remains the bestselling cosmetic dermatology textbook in the world. We share a love of literature, food, and chocolate and have become good friends. Although Edmund’s title is Managing Editor, his role was far more. He functioned as a research assistant, cowriter, and psychologist throughout the process. Although this book is finished, I anticipate continuing working with Edmund for years to come.

Thank you Edmund – you are one of the easiest people to work with that I have ever met. You are reliable, organized, funny, and if you get stressed out – I never see it. It is so funny when you make fun of my misspellings and typos and turn them into jokes. Your limericks keep me laughing and your enthusiasm keeps me writing. We are a great team and I look forward to many more years of working together.

Leslie Baumann

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