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July 1994

Diseases of the Hair and Scalp

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Chicago, Ill

Arch Dermatol. 1994;130(7):941-942. doi:10.1001/archderm.1994.01690070137029

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Diseases of the Hair and Scalp is an excellent, comprehensive, well-referenced, updated text that covers the biology and clinical assessment of normal and abnormal hair growth. The first two chapters provide a good overview of the embryology, physiology, structure, and function of the hair follicle. Clinically relevant physical properties of the hair shaft are clearly presented as well. Normal and abnormal body hair growth in children through the age of puberty is well discussed and nicely illustrated in chapters 3,6, and 7. Androgenetic alopecia, hirsutism, and various other endocrinologic, metabolic, and chemical causes of alopecia are well explained and categorized. Other topics include traumatic alopecia, alopecia areata, cicatricial alopecia, hair color, infections and infestations, psychological factors, hair cosmetics, nevi, tumors, and cysts. Discussions of systemic, skin, and scalp diseases affecting hair growth are very useful. The last chapter provides relevant techniques for evaluation of the patient complaining of hair loss.

This book is not only comprehensive but also well-indexed and well-organized so that the reader with a specific question can rapidly

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