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Book and New Media Reviews
May 2003

Hyperhidrosis and Botulinum Toxin in Dermatology (Current Problems in Dermatology, Vol 30)

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edited by O. P. Kreyden, R. Böni, G. Burg, 252 pp, with illus, $198.25, ISBN 3-8055-7306-5, Basel, Switzerland, Karger, 2002.

Arch Dermatol. 2003;139(5):679. doi:10.1001/archderm.139.5.679

Not a very long book, this latest product in Karger's Current Problems in Dermatology series nonetheless has a diffuse, slightly confusing mission. Is this a book about botulinum toxin, the dermatologic applications of botulinum toxin, or hyperhidrosis? The answer, of course, is yes.

The initial sections explicate the problem of hyperhidrosis. Starting with the anatomy of the sweat gland and pathophysiology of perspiration, these culminate in a thorough description of therapeutics. Traditional pharmacologic and surgical approaches for hyperhidrosis are painstakingly explained before the first mention of botulinum toxin, which occurs at page 77.