The skin is the largest organ of the human body, providing a physical barrier against pathogens, abrasions, and radiation. Along with being the primary level of protection for our bodies, the skin prevents dehydration, provides sensation, and performs heat regulation and secretion. With its wide array of functions, it is obvious that our skin is very important. Being an aspiring dermatologist, I wanted to build a library that would help me better understand, examine, and diagnose what in my opinion, is one of the body’s most vital organs – the skin.
From the earliest works on cosmetic procedures dating from the 16th century to the most modern books on clinical dermatology read by many of today’s renowned physicians, it is evident that the art of beauty has and always will be in high demand. No matter what century we are in, women and men alike will always strive to look their best. From keeping skin healthy and radiant, as well as going under the knife, people will do anything to look young and perfect.
Obviously, my book collection will include some of the first and most famous works on dermatology; however, with special interests in the field of aesthetic dermatology, I have also selected books that encompass aspects of facial beauty and cosmetic surgery. By providing me with a deeper knowledge of the symptoms and treatments of various cutaneous ailments and a better understanding of the physical structure of skin and the human face, the books in my collection will allow me to better serve my patients as I perform anything from biopsies to Botox procedures.
While all of the books in my collection hold a special meaning, several of these books stand out from the rest in their content as well as their physical beauty. The first of these special books is Gaspare Tagliacozzi’s book De Curtorum Chirugia Per Insitionem, translated as The Surgery of Defects by Implantations. Published in 1597, De Curtorum Chirugia Per Insitionem was the first book to document facial reconstruction, thoroughly accounting one of the earliest rhinoplasty procedures ever performed. The book additionally documents several cosmetic treatments to the eyes and lips. With 22 woodcut illustrations showing surgical methods and instruments of plastic surgery, this book is definitely the first of its kind.
2. Habif, Thomas. Clinical Dermatology: A Color Guide to Diagnosis and Therapy. Maryland Heights: Mosby, 2009.
Recognized as one of the world’s most leading dermatology texts, Clinical Dermatology: A Color Guide to Diagnosis and Therapy by Thomas P. Habif, is another top read in my collection. In 26 chapters, Dr. Habif provides students and experienced physicians a thorough documentation of the skin and almost all of its diseases. With over 1000 full color, high definition photographs, the book is not only beautiful in its printing, but also in its use to help dermatologists diagnose and treat patients. Clinical Dermatology is also available in e-book format, making it perfect for an on-the-go medical student.
3. Willan, Robert. On Cutaneous Diseases. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 1998.
Another gem in my collection is Robert Willan’s On Cutaneous Diseases. Originally published in 1808, the work is the first illustrated textbook on dermatology. The book documents all known skin diseases of the time, including detailed and colorful illustrations. While makes this text so remarkable is that one physician, over 200 years ago, culminated such a comprehensive work that is still widely praised today. Although On Cutaneous Diseases is hard to find on the market today, Wiley-Blackwell published a CD-ROM containing the full text with high-resolution, enhanced digital images of the original illustrations available on Amazon.
The additional pieces in my collection relate to my field of interest, cosmetic dermatology. All of the following works have not only contributed to the medical world, but have also aided in making cosmetic procedures a norm in today’s society. Because healthy skin is very important to one’s self-image and overall health, I hope that my collection will one day allow me to assist my patients, by providing services and procedures that will help them look and feel beautiful.
4. Miller, Charles. Cosmetic Surgery: the Correction of Featural Imperfections. Chicago: Oak Printing Co., 1907.
While originally privately published due to its controversial subject matter, Dr. Charles Conrad Miller’s work, Cosmetic Surgery: the Correction of Featural Imperfections, was the first book ever written exclusively about cosmetic surgery.
With photographs and illustrations by a head and neck surgeon, Surgical Anatomy of the Human Face provides a complete atlas of facial anatomy and related structures. The insight from practicing head and neck surgeons allows the book to demonstrate important anatomical relationships and the latest surgical techniques.
6. Bolognia, J., Jorizzo, J., & Schaffer, J. Dermatology. Philadelphia: Saunders, 2012.
Referred to as “The Bible of Dermatology,” Dermatology is one of the most comprehensive, up-to-date medical texts on dermatology, providing its readers with diagnoses and treatments for almost all known skin diseases. A must have for anyone interested in the field of dermatology!
7. Aston, S., Streinbrech, D., & Walden, J. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Philadelphia: Saunders, 2009.
Three expert plastic surgeons share their techniques for today’s most popular cosmetic procedures. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery comes with a DVD, demonstrating the operative techniques described in the book. The set is additionally available in e-book format for Kindle.
8. Lipham, W. Cosmetic and Clinical Applications of Botox and Dermal Fillers. Thorofare: Slack Incorporated, 2007.
Dr. Lipham provides his readers with a broad amount of information about the popular facial rejuvenation product, Botox. Cosmetic and Clinical Applications of Botox and Dermal Fillers discusses Botox and other dermal filler agents that can be used both cosmetically and clinically for ailments such as migraines and hyperhidrosis.
9. Murphy, Ryan. Nip/Tuck. Premiered 2003.
Airing in 2003, the fictional series, Nip/Tuck, focused on the plastic surgery practice, McNamara/Troy, and its two founding physicians, Sean McNamara and Christian Troy. Throughout its seven seasons, the series concentrated on the lives of the two plastic surgeons and the plastic surgeries they performed. Nip/Tuck helped catapult plastic surgery into popular culture, demonstrating the different procedures and treatments that are available.
10. Church, Susan. Permanent Cosmetics: The Ultimate Guide for the Professional Technician. IIPC Permanent Makeup Supplies, 2012.
A service I am very interested in providing to my patients in the future is permanent cosmetics. Permanent cosmetics, also referred to as Cosmetic tattooing, is a procedure of applying microscopic insertions of pigment into the dermal layer of the skin, enhancing your natural beauty. Permanent Cosmetics: The Ultimate Guide for the Professional Technician is a comprehensive handbook on permanent cosmetics filled with information, techniques and advice about every procedure imaginable.