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May 1993

Retinoids: 10 Years On

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Bethesda, Md

Arch Dermatol. 1993;129(5):659. doi:10.1001/archderm.1993.01680260135026

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Retinoids: 10 Years On is a summary representing the invited lectures at a symposium held in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1990. There are 34 chapters (356 pages) consisting of a series of contributions from an array of world-renowned experts.

The scope of the chapters spans a broad range of retinoid investigations, from molecular biology, retinoid receptors, and differentiation through metabolism and biochemistry to clinical therapeutics and side effects. Many chapters are a summary of work ongoing in specific laboratories or the experience of the individual clinical groups rather than an update or overview of work in each area.

As might be expected from a compilation including the work of over 100 coauthors, the quality of each chapter varies. I found the opening two chapters on retinoid receptors and the chapter on retinoids in vertebrate development to be among the best in the book. While many other chapters are well-written summaries, a

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