Ackerman's Resolving Quandaries in Dermatology, Pathology, and Dermatopathology, Volume 1

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Promethean Medical Press, 1995 - Medical - 327 pages
If a single term could capture the essence of the career of A. Bernard Ackerman, it is originality. His distinctive form of pedagogy has revolutionized thinking, not only in dermatopathology, but also in clinical dermatology and general pathology. That unique mode of teaching during the last 25 years has been delivered at a multiheaded microscope to which thousands of eager students from all parts of the world have flocked.
Now comes a new volume from Bernie Ackerman that he regards as the most original, daring, and instructive of all of his books. It represents a distillation of his vast knowledge of dermatopathology and serves as the perfect vehicle for his critical assessment of what he regards as shibboleths in contemporary dermatology, pathology, and dermatopathology. Resolving Quandaries is a tour de force that illuminates 100 exceedingly vexing issues considered universally to be integral to those fields. Whether or not you agree with Dr. Ackerman, you cannot help but be riveted by his incisive dissection of current "truths," such as "epidemic of melanoma" (he denies it and gives cogent reasons why), "apoptosis" (he refutes it and advances the notion that it is merely a type of necrosis), and "fibromatosis" (he musters compelling arguments against it and denies the very validity of the concept). Each of the 100 subjects taken on by Bernie is couched in historical perspective, a theme that is developed fully by his employment of a novel device: direct quotations from proponents of views contrary to his are placed next to his own on nearly each page throughout the work.
There is nothing like Resolving Quandaries in the literature of medicine, and inquisitive students of dermatology, pathology, and dermatopathology will not be disappointed by this latest effort of A. Bernard Ackerman in the service of intellectual inquiry, fervor, rigor, honesty, and delight.

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A. Bernard Ackerman is Director of the Institute for Dermatopathology at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

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