The 4th edition of the “Braun-Falco Textbook”, an international standard text of dermatology, allergy and sexually transmitted disorders has been thoroughly rewritten and reedited and offers a comprehensive state-of-the-art review of the entire field for clinicians in hospital and private practice.
The editors assembled an expert team of authors with outstanding international reputation who present a concise overview of the complete spectrum of dermatology and its groundbreaking progress with particular emphasis on aspects of practical care within the specialty.The treatment recommendations are based on current international guidelines and standards of care, and pay special attention to latest therapeutic progress as well as recent pathophysiological concepts.
A special emphasis has been put on a unique array of high quality figures and a clear, easily understandable structure of the respective chapters. Besides the printed version, the new edition is available as a digital version.
New aspects of the 4th edition that reflect the tremendous and rapid progress of dermatology include an up to date clinical classification of dermatoses, current guidelines and therapeutic concepts in inflammatory and neoplastic diseases, and dermatological aspects of the new Covid-19 infection.
“Braun-Falco`s Dermatology” is a must for specialists and trainees in dermatology, and of great value for all physicians who encounter skin diseases in general.
Preface Thefirst edition of the Dermatology and Venerology textbook by Egon Keining in Mainz and his academic student Otto Braun-Falco was published by Lehmann’s Verlag in Munich in 1961, as was the second edition in 1969. Since then, the textbook has been continuously revised and expanded in its successive editions. A number of foreign language translations have been published over the years. The present 4th English edition is largely based on the 7th German edition released in 2018. As in previous editions, expert knowledge of colleagues from Austria, Switzerland, Cambodia, Canada, Japan and the USA was incorporated, partly on new topics. Notably, a new timely chapter on COVID infections has been added. The editors are also represented as authors in their areas of expertise. To our great pleasure, Prof. Lars E. French, Director of the Department of Dermatology and Allergology at the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) University Hospital, has joined the editorial team. In addition to the print version, an electronic version, as well as electronic access to individual chapters, is offered to meet the needs of international readers. Our special thanks go to all the colleagues who have contributed their expertise here as authors. In today's impact factor-driven world, a large group of particularly motivated authors is required for a such a comprehensive book covering the broad spectrum of dermatology. Few countries in Europe or on other continents are traditionally as broadly positioned as dermatol- ogy in German-speaking countries. Thus, the presentation here of our specialty, including dermatology, venereology, and allergology, is broad and somewhat distinct from other text- books in thefield. The editorial office was as previously in Munich. Our special thanks go to Christa Wandschneider, our longstanding and extremely competent secretary, who has familiarized herself with enthusiasm with the extensive and complex task. Most clinical images within the book originate from the photo laboratory of the Department of Dermatology and Allergology at the LMU University Hospital–originally managed by the late, gifted photographer Peter Bilek and now with the same skill by his successors Carla Lingner, Claudia Jakobec, and Diana Lingk. We are proud to have such a professionally staffed photo lab in Munich. Further photos were taken by our friend Wilfred H. Neuse, former head of the photo laboratory at the Dermatological Department of the Heinrich Heine University in Duesseldorf. Schematic drawings were created by Luitgard Kellner from Munich, highlighting her artistic skills. Privatdozent Dr. rer. nat. Burkhard Summer from the Department of Dermatology and Allergology at the LMU University Hospital provided continuous logistical, data, and technical support. Our heartfelt thanks go to these two collaborators. Last, our great thanks go to the Springer publishing company in Heidelberg. This book project was launched thanks to the visionary decision of Ms. Renate Scheddin, Editorial Director Books and ePublishing, Medicine and Life Sciences, and Ms. Diana Kraplow, Senior Editor Books and ePublishing, Medicine and Life Sciences. Mrs. Sigrid Janke, Project Man- ager, MRW Medicine and Life Sciences, assumed a key role in the design, daily collaboration, and collegial collaboration. It was a pleasure to work with her on a daily basis. Our thanks also go to Mr. Steffen Rieck, Project Coordinator Production, who did an excellent job in the background. MunichGerd Plewig MunichThomas Ruzicka FrankfurtRoland Kaufmann MarburgMichael Hertl MunichLars E. French Previous Editions of the Textbook 1961Keining Braun-Falco Dermatologie und Venerologie. Ein Lehrbuch für Studierende und Ärzte 1st German edLehmanns, Munich 1969Keining Braun-Falco Dermatologie und Venerologie. Ein Lehrbuch für Studierende und Ärzte 2nd German edLehmanns, Munich 1984Braun-Falco Plewig Wolff Dermatologie und Venerologie3rd German edSpringer, Berlin 1991Braun-Falco Plewig Wolff Winkelmann Dermatology1st English edSpringer, Berlin 1995Braun-Falco Plewig Wolff Dermatología1st Spanish edSpringer, Barcelona 1996Braun-Falco Plewig Wolff Dermatologie und Venerologie4th German edSpringer, Berlin 2000Braun-Falco Plewig Wolff Burgdorf Dermatology2nd English edSpringer, Berlin 2001Braun-Falco Plewig Wolff Dermatología a venerología Prvéslovenské a ceské vydanie 1st Slovak and Czech ed Osveta, Martin 2002Braun-Falco Plewig Wolff Burgdorf Dermatologia 2 vols 1st Italian edSpringer, Milan 2005Braun-Falco Plewig Wolff Burgdorf Landthaler Dermatologie und Venerologie5th German edSpringer, Heidelberg 2009Burgdorf Plewig Wolff Landthaler Dermatology 2 vols 3rd English edSpringer, Berlin 2010Burgdorf Plewig Wolff Landthaler Braun-Falco Dermatologia 3 vols 1st Polish edCzelej, Lublin
2015Plewig Landthaler Burgdorf Hertl Ruzicka Braun-Falco’s Dermatologie, Venerologie und Allergologie 2 vols 6th German edSpringer, Berlin 2018Plewig Ruzicka Kaufmann Hertl Braun-Falco’s Dermatologie, Venerologie und Allergologie 2 vols 7th German edSpringer, Berlin
Gerd Plewig,MD, Dr. h. c. mult., FRCP (Lond), medical study in Hamburg, Kiel, and Graz, promotion 1967. Rotating internship 1966–1967 in Germany, and 1967–1968 in Darby/Philadelphia. Research Fellow in Dermatology with Professor Albert Montgom- ery Kligman, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 1968–1969. Dermatology training as resident and associate with Professor Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Otto Braun-Falco, Department of Dermatology, Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich 1969–1982. Chairman, Department of Dermatology, Heinrich-Heine-Univer- sity, Duesseldorf 1982–1991. Chairman, Department of Dermatol- ogy,Ludwig-Maximilian-University1991–2006.Since2006 Professor Emeritus of his Alma mater. Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London 1997. Doctor honoriscausaCharlesUniversityPrague;MedicalUniversity Wroclaw, and Comenius University Bratislava. President European Society for Dermatological Research 1982–1983. Chief Medical Director,Ludwig-Maximilian-UniversitySchoolofMedicine 1999–2005. Chairman Alfred-Marchionini-Foundation since 2011. Honorary Member, American Academy of Dermatology 2010. Corresponding/Honorary Member of 30 international societies. Authorandco-editorofthetextbookDermatologyand Venereologysince its third edition in 1984, multiple editions and translations. Scientific focus: acne, rosacea, photobiology, stratum corneum, history of medicine. Prof. Dr. med. Lars E. French,MD, medical education in Geneva, Switzerland, with Federal Diploma of Medicine in 1988. Internship ininternalmedicine,GenevaUniversityHospital1988–1990. Research fellow in cell and molecular biology, Geneva University medical center 1990–1993. Dermatology training as resident and Swiss Clinician-Scientist career development awardee (SCORE A) with Prof. Jean-Hilaire Saurat, Dermatology Department, Geneva University Hospital 1993–2003. Board certification in dermatology 1997. Clinical and research fellow with Prof. Alain H Rook, MD, Department of Dermatology at University of Pennsylvania, Phila- delphia 1999–2000. Louis-Jeantet endowed Professor of Medicine, Dermatology Department, Geneva University Hospital 2003–2006. Professor and Chairman, Dermatology Department, Zuerich Uni- versity Hospital 2016–2018. Professor and Chairman of the Der- matology Department at Ludwig-Maximilian-University Hospital since 2018.