by Ted A. Grossbart and Carl Sherman, 289 pp, $17.95, New York, William Morrow & Co Inc, 1986.
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Skin Deep is a "self-help" book written for patients with chronic skin diseases. This book describes the techniques used by Dr Ted Grossbart, a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of patients with chronic skin diseases using psychological and behavioral techniques. In this book, the authors describe how emotional factors contribute to some chronic skin diseases, how patients can increase their awareness of how their skin disorder affects them, and how patients can alter the course of their disease.
This book is divided into four parts. In the first section, the authors have the reader determine whether and how much emotional factors play a role in causing or aggravating their skin disorder. This goal is accomplished by using clinical examples drawn from the authors' practice and prescribed mental exercises. In the second section, the authors detail the techniques available to relieve cutaneous symptoms (eg, pruritus or pain) and, in
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