edited by John A. Parrish, Margaret L. Kripke, and Warwick L. Morison, 304 pp, with black-and-white illus, $39.50, New York, Plenum Publishing Corp, 1983.
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The recent, rapid growth of two relatively new areas of detailed investigation, immunology and photomedicine, has spawned a fertile area of overlap. Photoimmunology makes a yeoman's effort to offer a thorough compilation of data, theory, and hypothesis in this rapidly expanding area.
The text is divided into three sections, each the primary responsibility of one of the editors, all of whom bring impressive credentials, experience, and knowledge to their task. Their approach allows for internal continuity and consistency in style and avoids most of the unnecessary repetitions that appear in texts written by a group of authors. However, in this particular case, the multieditor approach has allowed some diffusion in direction.
The book's intended readership is unclear. The first section, "Principles of Photoimmunology," edited by Parrish, offers a comprehensive review of photobiologic principles, equipment, and techniques. However, that entire section can be found in other texts written by the
LeVine MJ. Photoimmunology. Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(9):1245-1246. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650450127041