Dermatology is the branch of medicine that deals with the body’s largest organ, the skin.  Shown here is a selected set of resources which have been graded by specialists in dermatology, and arranged to follow the curriculum on the right. Generally, resources which are interactive and/or include self assessment score more stars than those without.

SEE ALSO [Dermatology Resources] and [Dermatology Guidelines]

Please use the box on the right to navigate to the area you are interested in.

However, the  resources listed just below cover the whole field of dermatology and have been selected as the best general sites to either learn dermatology from or use as reference tools, with the caveat that most resources are produced in countries where fair caucasian skin predominates.

The first resource is my pick as it covers just about everything dermatological. [postlist 7]

These are handbooks for novices. [postlist 46]

These next resources are courses which aim to teach dermatology to medical students. [postlist 72]

This has a comprehensive list of patient information leaflets and links to clinical guidelines. [postlist 35]

These sites cover dermatology – please browse to see which suit your purpose. [postlist 41]

And now on to some more specific resources:

Anatomy, physiology and pathology

As the primary interface between ourselves and our environment the skin has several important functions including thermoregulation, mechanical protection, immunological protection, metabolic functions and sensation. The anatomy of the skin reflects this functional complexity.  The first resources introduce skin anatomy/pathology and the later resources are for those with more knowledge. [postlist 13]

[postlist 6]


Clinical examination

A careful history and thorough examination of the skin, nails, hair and mucous membranes is necessary to make the correct diagnosis.  It is important to be able to accurately describe the skin rash or lesion, and these resources contain the necessary terminology.

[postlist 15]

Judicious use of further specific tests such as dermatoscopy, Wood’s light examination, biospy (+/- immunofluorescence) – please see pathology resources above, microbiology (mycology, bacteriology, virology), patch testing, prick tests and phototesting, may aid diagnosis.

[postlist 12]

Emergency dermatology


Drug eruptions

Cutaneous reactions induced by drugs are common (approximately 3% of hospital in patients will have one) and the majority are mild.  Serious drug eruptions are estimated to occur in around 1 in 1000 patients. There may be some overlap in resources addressing these serious adverse cutaneous events and those in emergency dermatology above. [postlist 93]

Skin infections and infestations

The first resources listed here cover infections that medical students would be expected to know about. The next resources are specific for particular infections.

[postlist 26]

[postlist 27]

Inflammatory diseases

The three most common inflammatory skin diseases are acne, eczema and psoriasis.  Guidelines on their management  can be found on the related page [DERMATOLOGY GUIDELINES]. The first resources have been grouped to cover these most common conditions.  The next resources cover other inflammatory skin disorders. [postlist 88] [postlist 73] [postlist 87][postlist 89]

Skin tumours

[postlist 28]

Basic skin surgery techniques may be viewed here: [postlist 90]

Signs of systemic disease

[postlist 16]


Most of the resources discussed already contain information about disease management and treatment in each relevant chapters.

Clinical cases: self assessment

[postlist 24]

Dermatology atlases

[postlist 14]


Written by Ann Sergeant, Consultant Dermatologist NHS Fife, with contributions from Catriona Sinclair and Victoria Scott-Lang, Specialist Trainees in Dermatology, Edinburgh
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