Dermatology in a Week Premanshu Bhushan
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Premanshu Bhushan MBBS, MD (Dermatologist, Venereologist and Leprologist) Lady Hardinge Medical College New Delhi
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Dermatology in a Week
© 2006, Premanshu Bhushan
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First Edition: 2006
Typeset at JPBMP typesetting unit
Printed at Replika
I take immense pleasure in writing this foreword to the book by Dr Premanshu Bhushan. He has always been a bright and hard working student, and this book is a testimony to his talent.
The book is targeted to the students appearing in the various Postgraduate Medical Entrance Exams. The core curriculum of dermatology, leprosy and STD has been covered in seven easy to comprehend modules followed by numerous typical MCQs and their detailed explanations to reinforce the frequently tested topics. The book is aptly entitled “Dermatology in a Week”, as all 7 modules can be finished in a week.
A great feature of this book is its remarkable “memory boosters” which, I believe, will make learning the difficult yet important material really easy.
Though this book is primarily intended for the PG Exam aspirants, I would recommend this book to all medical students undergoing dermatology rotations or willing to learn dermatology in a short time.
I congratulate Dr Premanshu Bhushan for this well-written book and wish him all the luck in this venture.
Dr RV Koranne
MD D Derm
Retired Professor and Head
Department of Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Lady Hardinge Medical College & Associated Hospitals
New Delhi—110001
Dermatology in a Week” is the result of my own experience as a student preparing for PG Medical Entrance Exams and later as a resident in dermatology interacting with PG aspirants. This book is an attempt to fill a singular void between the voluminous textbooks and unreliable answers provided in commonly available guides by providing predigested text, multiple choice questions representative of pattern of various PG Medical Entrance Examinations and their detailed and authoritative explanations in one volume that can be mastered in days. The text has been selected after analyzing last 20 years of questions asked in different PG Entrance Exams.
The book is unique in its presentation where the most commonly tested items have been presented in a lucid and organized manner. The entire curriculum is covered in seven modules. Each module is followed by typical MCQs and their detailed explanations. There is always a dearth of time for medical students and hence each module is designed to be covered in 3-6 hours time and the entire subject in a week hence the name: “Dermatology in a Week.”
Another salient feature of the book is loads of memory booster tips that highlight the most significant points and make their memorizing easy and entertaining. These memory boosters will enhance the long-term memory and hence better performance in exams. The book can also be used by medical students who want to learn dermatology in a short time.
The learning questions include both typical questions asked in exams as well as some questions that enhance the learning of subject. The explanations are complete and have been written to understand not only the correct choice but also why it is so. All the answers are authentic and have been repeatedly checked with relevant references in standard textbooks as well as journals.
How to use this book: The best way to do this book is by going through the module followed by learning questions. However, someone really has short of time may benefit immensely by going through the questions and their explanations alone. Repeated off-hand brushing the memory boosters is recommended and the students are encouraged to make their own memory boosters.
Acknowledgements: Firstly, I would like to thank my teachers who taught me dermatology namely Dr Ram Chander, Dr RV Koranne and Dr Vibhu Mehndiratta. I cannot thank enough Dr Kabir Sardana for being the friend, philosopher and guide to me and encouraging me always. I also thank my parents who are my pillars of strength. I would like to express my especial thanks to my younger brother Dr Prateek Manjul who has been an inspiration to write this book, my elder brother Mrinal for being the shining beacon of light in my life and Rinku bhaiya for loving me as much as he does. Last but not the least I want to thank Shri JP Vij, Chairman and Managing Director and Mr Tarun Duneja, General Manager (Publishing) of Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd. for believing in this project and bringing the book in quick time with such great quality.
Finally, I wish all the very best to all the students…….
Premanshu Bhushan
Any comments or suggestions are welcome. They can be mailed to the author at or the publisher Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd EMCA House, 23/23B Ansari Road, Daryaganj New Delhi 110002, India. e-mail: Readers are encouraged to submit their mnemonics and tips to the author. Contributions will be duly acknowledged in future editions.
Any queries regarding this book or any doubts about questions asked in PGME Exams may be sent to the author at Prompt response is assured to help the readers clear their doubts.
_8Abbreviations AFB :
Acid Fast Bacilli
Basement Membrane Zone
C/F :
Clinical Features
C-Reactive Protein
Cryo :
Dermo-Epidermal Junction
Direct Immunofluorescence
Drug of choice
e.g. :
For Example
Erythema Nodosum Leprosum
Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate
Etio :
Gram Negative Diplococci
i.e. :
That is
IF :
Ig :
Indirect Immunofluorescence
KD :
Potassium Hydroxide
Lab :
Laboratory Investigations
MC :
Most Common
NB :
Special Note
Radio Allergen Sorbent Test
Rx :
SC or S/C :
Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome
Serological Test of Syphilis
Trichloro Acetic Acid
Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis
UV :
Ultra Violet