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November 2, 1994

Disorders of Hair Growth: Diagnosis and Treatment

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Yale University School of Medicine New Haven, Conn

JAMA. 1994;272(17):1385. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520170097046

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Dr Elise Olsen has done an immense service in placing between two covers extensive information, perhaps all that is currently known, about hair growth, along with the clinical conditions and environmental factors that impact on it.

In a well-printed, pleasantly highlighted, generously illustrated tome, the reader is introduced to the embryology and development of the hair follicle and the factors that control its growth and pigmentation, all as a basis for understanding dysfunction. The material is a prelude to detailed instruction in the appropriate assessment of the patient with hair loss, from history taking to examination and then to biopsy and other laboratory testing if indicated. With essential data gathered, there follows chapter-by-chapter a guided tour through the various disruptions of hair growth as from inflammation, whether infectious, traumatic, congenital, hormonal, or autoimmune, and then situations of abnormal excessive growth. There are even a review of the surgical approach to

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