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Fast Facts: Psoriasis, 4th edn

By Jonathan Barker,
Alan Menter and
Catherine Smith

Published 2014

118 pages

ISBN 978-1-908541-74-1



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Psoriasis can no longer be considered a mere skin disease –  it is a spectrum of different conditions requiring a spectrum of different treatments. Yet the systemic and psychosocial consequences of the condition often go unrecognized. The fourth edition of this refreshingly readable handbook explores the potential to improve the quality of life of patients by reducing the range of comorbidities associated with psoriasis, including arthritis, cardiovascular disease and inflammatory bowel disease.  Fast Facts: Psoriasis is packed with practical information on all aspects of this increasingly treatable disease, including:

• a concise review of the immunologic and genetic aspects of the disease
• a well-illustrated guide to clinical presentation and differential diagnosis
• all management options, from topical treatments to current and emerging receptor-targeted therapies
• a commonsense approach to management by rotating and combining therapies
• a fully updated chapter on psoriatic arthritis

Fast Facts: Psoriasis is essential reading for the primary care team, dermatology trainees and specialists in cardiology, gastroenterology and rheumatology who want to learn all about psoriasis but have little time to spare.


  • Epidemiology and pathophysiology
  • Clinical presentation
  • Differential diagnosis
  • General management approach
  • Topical Therapy
  • Phototherapy and photochemotherapy
  • Systemic therapy
  • Receptor-targeted (biological) therapies
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Future trends
  • Useful resources


“Fast Facts: Psoriasis gives a valuable insight into managing psoriasis, including an array of treatments … an essential resource for health professionals to refer to when treating this often debilitating condition.”
British Skin Foundation, March 2015

“This book reflects well the WHO’s current view of psoriasis as a chronic inflammatory condition with close links to the metabolic condition and a number of comorbidities. It will be of great benefit in passing on new knowledge of psoriasis to health professionals, administrators and patient representatives around the world.”
Lars Ettarp, President, International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA)

Reviews of previous editions
“an excellent book on psoriasis for the busy healthcare professional … a must-read for those who want to learn all about psoriasis but with little time to spare and I highly recommend the book.”
Dr Colin Theng, President, Psoriasis Association of Singapore

"an outstanding up-to-date compilation of facts on psoriasis, a must-read for any healthcare provider with an interest in psoriasis, whether casual or in-depth"
Dr Gerald Krueger, Professor of Dermatology at the University of Utah, School of Medicine, USA

‘I would certainly recommend this book as an extremely useful guide for fellow trainee dermatologists and also for established dermatologists who have gone a bit rusty!’
Clinical and Experimental Dermatology about Fast Facts: Psoriasis, 2nd edn

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The authors

Jonathan Barker

MD FRCP, FRCPath Professor of Clinical Dermatology and Head of Division of Skin Sciences, St John’s Institute of Dermatology, St Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK

Alan Menter

MD Chief, Department of Dermatology, Baylor Medical Center, Dallas and Clinical Professor, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, USA

Catherine Smith

MD FRCP Senior Lecturer and Consultant Dermatologist, St John’s Institute of Dermatology, St Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK


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