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Article
June 1985

Clinical Pharmacology of Skin Disease

Author Affiliations

Birmingham, Ala

 

by David R. Bickers, Paul G. Hazen, and William S. Lynch, 321 pp, with illus, $39.50, New York, Churchill Livingstone Inc, 1984.

Arch Dermatol. 1985;121(6):809. doi:10.1001/archderm.1985.01660060123039

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Abstract

This book is one of a series of monographs on the clinical pharmacology of drugs used in the treatment of diseased organ systems. The authors of this edition have admirably succeeded in producing a concise and readable text on the major groups of drugs used in dermatologic practice. The text is divided into 12 chapters addressing basic principles of dermatopharmacology and cutaneous inflammation, with systematic discussions of antihistamines, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, glucocorticoids, cytotoxic and immunosuppressive agents, antibiotics, antifungal and antiyeast agents, antimalarials, photochemotherapy, sulfones and sulfapyridine, vitamin A and retinoids, and local anesthetics. Each topic is discussed in terms of drug history, chemical classes, pharmacologic actions, metabolism and kinetics, clinical uses, and side effects and complications. This information is then well summarized in appendix A, while drug-drug interactions, drug effects on laboratory tests, and drug eruptions are tabulated in appendix B. The chemical structure of each drug discussed is clearly

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