by Doris Fanta, 91 pp, 25 illus, $20.10, New York, Springer-Verlag, 1980.
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This book by Dr Doris Fanta of Vienna is a German-to-English translation and updated version of a volume previously published in 1978. Although it contains a modest 77 pages of text material, it manages, nevertheless, to compress within its soft covers a reasonably detailed review (283 references) of acne. As indicated by the title, the emphasis is on the endocrinologic aspects of the disease. This reviewer's comments will be restricted to hormonal factors, as befits the book's title and the particular clinical and research interests of Fanta.
The section of the book dealing with the hormonal treatment of acne is preceded by a consideration of hormonal influences on the pilosebaceous unit and on acne. Fanta perpetuates an oft-cited error, namely, that progesterone is "androgenic" and sebum stimulating (it is neither) and that the amounts of skin surface lipid fluctuate throughout the menstrual cycle, paralleling the level of progesterone (they do
Pochi P. Hormone Therapy of Acne: Clinical and Experimental Principles. Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(5):314. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650050070030