I have never enjoyed a task more than spending time with and learning from Dr. Sauer. From my earlier training days, I am forever indebted to Richard Q. Crotty and Clarence S. Livingood for the opportunity of a dermatology residency. I had the unique honor of having trained under Dr. Livingood and Edward A. Krull. Dr. Livingood taught me much about the science and the art of medicine. I feel that I have stood in the shadow of giants.

As brevity is the soul of wit, it is also the soul of the early understanding of a complex subject. An overview is more priceless at the onset of learning than a mountain of detail. To stir one's interest and curiosity about a field of scientific endeavor, one needs to see that field as a whole. Therein lies the true genius of Gordon Sauer.

Thanks to pathologist Ken Watson and to pharmacist Doug Albers, both whom have been of invaluable help both in producing this book and throughout my career. My family—Charlotte, Shelly, Kim, Brian, and Sam—and my office staff—Yolanda, Brandy, Christa, Pam, and Reta—have been unwavering in their support and patience. My parents, the late William E. Hall and Susan R. Hall, and my wife's parents, Arnold W. Peterson and the late Fern Marie Peterson, have given me endless encourgagement.

I would like to acknowledge the diligent work of Yolanda Payton who was very instrumental in the revision and typing of the text. She was assisted by Brandy Del Debbio. My office manager, Christa Czysz, nurse, Pam Skripsky, and physician assistant, Reta Dodds, also made the publication a reality.

In the seven previous editions, further acknowledgements were made, but it would be redundant to repeat them here. Finally, a great deal of credit again goes to Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, especially to Richard Winters, Medical Editor. The book profited by my association with them.

For the most realistic presentation of skin diseases, color photography is essential. However, the cost of color reproduction is so great that it is almost impossible to enjoy the advantages of color figures and still keep the price of the book within the range where it will have the broadest appeal. This problem has been solved for the eighth edition of this book through the generosity of several pharmaceutical companies, which contributed the cost of the color figures credited to them. For this edition, the following drug companies contributed money for additional new color figures:

Dermik Laboratories Galderma

Glaxo Wellcome, Inc. Merck & Co., Inc. Neutrogena Skin Care Institute Norvartis Pharmaceutical Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation Schering Corporation Smith-Kline Beecham Stiefel Laboratories

Chapters have been revised for this edition by Marianne O'Donoghue, M. Joyce Rico, Neil Prose, Frank C. Koranda, and Thelda Kestenbaum. All of these authors have contributed to other editions and I feel fortunate to have their expertise displayed again in this edition.

I also feel very fortunate to have added new chapter authors to this edition. They are Drs. Kenneth R. Watson, Richard S. Kalish, Virginia P. Sybert, Vidya Sharma, Francisco G. Bravo, and Alejandro Morales. Seldom has such an army of talented clinicians and authors been displayed in a text of this type and I am honored by their efforts. The labor and input of these knowledgeable contributors are greatly appreciated.

Dr. Sauer and I frequently hear from dermatologists and nondermatologists alike that this book is their first exposure to the study of skin diseases. The eighth edition and all preceding editions are a tribute to Dr. Sauer's ability to open up the specialty of dermatology to those who wish to use its magic to help in the care of their patients.

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