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December 1970

Photophysiology: Current Topics in Photobiology and Photochemistry

Arch Dermatol. 1970;102(6):704. doi:10.1001/archderm.1970.04000120122027

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Rarely has a review of the effect of ultraviolet light on human skin been as comprehensive and current as the one written by Brian E. Johnson, Farrington Daniels, Jr., and Ian A. Magnus which appears as chapter 11 in the book edited by Arthur C. Giese entitled Photophysiology; Current Topics in Photobiology and Photochemistry.

After presenting a historical review and a discussion of the properties of skin as they relate to the biologic effects of ultraviolet radiation, the authors discuss erythema and pigmentation in depth. The clinical effects are compared with histologic and biochemical alterations. The chapter closes with a brief discussion of the photosensitive diseases and the long-term effects of chronic ultraviolet exposure.

The review is complete, as evidenced by nine pages of references. But, even more important, it critically analyzes present information in terms of published data. The authors have many years of experience in photobiology and this

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