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June 11, 1982

Photosensitivity Diseases: Principles of Diagnosis and Treatment

JAMA. 1982;247(22):3140. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320470080048

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For a book on photosensitivity diseases of only 372 pages, a surprising amount of practical information is presented. The authors' aim, as stated in their preface, for this to be a practical and concise guide for clinicians, is certainly achieved.

The book's five-part format is excellent. The introduction makes for entertaining reading. Part 2, "Principles of Photobiology and Photochemistry," presents all the related fundamentals of physics needed in clinical medicine. It is a concise discussion, showing careful planning, with simple and clear diagrams. Part 3 deals with the "Therapeutic Effects of Light" clearly but not in enough detail. Part 4, "Diagnosis and Management of Photosensitivity Diseases" comprising more than half of the book and includes all the photosensitivity disorders in a practical order. The coverage of each disorder could have been more comprehensive.

The only distractions from this fine presentation were the black-andwhite clinical photographs, some of which are repeated