My journey continues! I would like to take a moment to express my gratitude to those who have meant so much in putting together this book.
To Professor Wilhelm Stolz, a pioneer in the field of dermoscopy and a loyal friend and colleague for more than 25 years. This book would not have been possible without your contribution of such superb and varied cases.
To Dr. James Ida, our copy editor and all-around language aficionado. Your gift for the written word has been indispensable for the writing of a clear, concise, and readable book. I appreciate your many “posthaste” edits of each case, pithy comments, eye to detail, and overall positive attitude.
To Dr. Antonella Tosti and Dr. Aimilios Lallas for their generous time and contribution of truly fantastic cases without which our text would not be complete.
To Robert Pancotti, Senior Development Editor at McGraw-Hill Medical, for his editorial oversight and meticulous attention to detail throughout the publishing process, and Revathi Viswanathan, Senior Project Manager at Cenveo Publisher Services for transforming our written material into the actual book.
Allow me to also thank Karen Edmonson, Senior Content Acquisitions Editor at McGraw-Hill Medical, for her unwavering support and belief in us. It has truly been a delightful experience to work with Karen on the present book as well as on all of our projects over the years.
Finally, to my wife Irma to whom I owe infinite gratitude. You are my life’s best friend. I thank you for your continual sage advice, encouragement, and support.
I am deeply grateful to my friend and highly esteemed colleague Dr. Robert Johr for the wonderful cooperation and his extremely passionate work on the case presentations that are the core of this book.
Without the very valuable contributions of Dr. James Ida, Dr. Antonella Tosti, Dr. Aimilios Lallas, Robert Pancotti, Revathi Viswanathan, and, especially, Karen Edmonson, writing this book would not have been possible.
For her enthusiasm and skill regarding the beautiful color images, a cornerstone of our text, I would like to thank our nurses in the outpatient clinic: Mss. Carolin Mertens, Delia Nagy, Antje Seehuber, and Vesna Davidovic.
To the many physicians in our clinic who assisted me with my dermoscopy clinic and with the case preparations, most of all Dr. Brigitte Coras-Stepanek, Dr. Stefanie Guther and Dr. Ulrike Weigert, I wish to extend my sincerest thanks.
Special thanks also go to my assistant in our office, Mrs. Leonie Rieger, for her continuous, very helpful support in the management of both patients and staff.
However, first and foremost I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my wife, Karola, who has lovingly shared my many dermoscopic and academic pursuits over the past three decades.