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July 1991

Phototherapy and Photochemotherapy of Skin Disease

Author Affiliations

Boston, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1991;127(7):1088-1089. doi:10.1001/archderm.1991.01680060164036

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It is a pleasure to review the second, thoroughly revised edition of Dr Morison's popular book on the use of light in the treatment of skin disease. Compared with the first edition published in 1983, the current version has been updated with new recommendations for the phototherapy of psoriasis and expanded with detailed information on photochemotherapy protocols using retinoids and other systemic drugs. There are also chapters on photopheresis and laser therapy.

The first five chapters of this book provide a concise and quite readable review of the basic principles of photobiology and the history of phototherapy and therapy with psoralen and UVA (PUVA). One who is interested in an in-depth discussion of the fundamentals of photobiology, however, should seek additional information in other texts. The next section, consisting of four chapters, covers the management of psoriasis. This section addresses the essential elements of the patient workup with clarity and

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