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As senior editor of this new Textbook of Dermatopathology, Dr. Raymond Barnhill brings to the task years of experience as a dermatopathologist, clinical dermatologist, clinical investigator, and author. This has given him an unparalleled understanding of inflammatory and neoplastic diseases of the skin and the ability to teach others. As director of dermatopathology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Children's Hospital in Boston, he has had contact with both pediatric and adult dermatologic conditions, and as a member of the Combined Harvard Dermatopathology Training Program, he has developed the knowledge and skills to interact with pathologists, dermatologists, trainees, and students. The success of his monograph on melanocytic lesions of the skin speaks to the effectiveness of his writing and teaching approaches.

For this book, Dr. Barnhill has assembled a stellar roster of authors from various disciplines and has appropriately included both established leaders in the field as well as the cream of our younger generation of dermatopathologists. He himself has coauthored one-third of the chapters of the book, and I know firsthand that he has spent a great deal of effort meticulously editing all chapters for consistency, style, and accuracy. His associate editor, Dr. Neil Crowson, has been instrumental in providing the high-quality micrographs for many of the entities in the book, and two young, energetic assistant editors, Drs. Klaus Busam and Scott Granter, contributed heavily to the book.

I look forward to the publication of this text and wish it the success it truly deserves.


Ramzi S. Cotran, MD, 1998

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