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December 1985

Photobiology of the Skin

Arch Dermatol. 1985;121(12):1559. doi:10.1001/archderm.1985.01660120083027

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Photobiology of the Skin is the last volume in the series Physiology and Pathophysiology of the Skin. The first six chapters of this volume are dedicated to photobiology, and the last chapter to the effects of lasers on skin. A comprehensive background on light-skin interactions is provided in chapters 1 and 2, followed by four clinically oriented chapters about the skin's abnormal reactions to light and about the application of phototherapy in the treatment of various skin diseases. For the most part, the chapters are well written, and they include excellent references in support of the text. The illustrations, other than the clinical and histologic photographs, are clear and simple.

Unfortunately, the last chapter of the book is disappointing. The use of lasers in dermatology is an exciting, fast-moving area of photobiology; however, this is not projected by the author. The chapter focuses on the well-known, relatively uninteresting thermal effects

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