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March 1993

Photochemotherapy in Dermatology

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Antwerp, Belgium

Arch Dermatol. 1993;129(3):395. doi:10.1001/archderm.1993.01680240141034

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This multiauthored textbook presents extensive and well-referenced data on photochemotherapy within a historical perspective, based on clinical trials and long-term follow-up studies that have led to current concepts and techniques of therapy with psoralen plus UV-A (PUVA) for the treatment of psoriasis and other skin disorders. Many of its contributors were involved in the earliest clinical PUVA trials and are currently well-known investigators in photomedicine. The book, therefore, possesses all of the credentials to serve as a reference text on photochemotherapy. Indeed, many historical, theoretical, and practical aspects of PUVA therapy are covered in-depth, and the supplementary chapters on record keeping, day-care centers for psoriasis, and the nurse's role in photochemotherapy are also quite interesting to read.

As David Bickers states in his foreword, one of the most striking qualities of this textbook is that "it helps to celebrate the importance of cooperative clinical trials in dermatological therapy." Since everybody

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