GALESBURG, Ill.To form an accurate diagnosis, doctors often take on the role of detective. For Edward S. Peterka, M.D., M.S., sleuthing was the key to unlocking some patients mysterious ailments, which he describes in his new book, A Dermatologists Case Book (now available through AuthorHouse).
Readers are invited into the examination room of a master clinician who sees patients with everything from bizarre rashes to stubborn warts. Persistent itching, redness and hives are just a few of the baffling symptoms Dr. Peterka has tackled in his career, and these case studies allow medical students, practicing physicians and the public to glimpse the sometimes strange causes of such problems.
Few expect that a visit to the dermatologist will result in a prescription to stop drinking beer or smoking menthol cigarettes, but these are just two of the unlikely culprits Dr. Peterka chronicles in the book. One womans fiberglass curtains turned her clothing prickly in the wash, and another persons sporadic hive outbreaks were not a food allergy, but instead a reaction to the seats of a Dodge Colt. From pet skunks and bed bugs to hot tubs and nail polish, the causes are as fascinating as they are unexpected.
By looking over Dr. Peterkas shoulder, readers see the significance of every detail of daily life and the potential impact on ones health. A Dermatologists Case Book is an easy-to-read collection of cases in which the art of diagnosis meets the clever practice of detective work.
Dr. Peterka received a bachelor of arts, a bachelor of science and his M.D. from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. After his residency, which included the study of sun sensitivity in American Indians, he earned a master of science degree from the University of Minnesota and wrote his thesis, Cutaneous Carbohydrate Studies. He worked as an assistant professor in the Division of Dermatology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine from 1965 to 1968, and later joined the dermatology department as clinical associate professor at the Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Peterka became the first head of the Department of Dermatology at Peoria School of Medicine. An office in Rotary International and a Past Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus, he has been married to his wife, Jean, for 45 years. They have five children and six grandchildren.
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From the March 1-7, 2006, issue