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June 10, 1983

The Science of Photomedicine

Author Affiliations

National Institutes of Health Bethesda, Md

JAMA. 1983;249(22):3099. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330460071042

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This timely book is designed to be of interest to researchers and clinicians in the fields of photobiology, dermatology, and radiology, while also being useful as a general reference for practicing physicians. In its preface, the authors state "this book describes the paradigms, experimental data, technical procedures, and science which form the basis of photobiology in medicine." That these goals have largely been achieved is a tribute to the skills of the editors and the 35 contributing authors.

The 23 chapters are grouped into six sections, progressing from basic science to applications. The reader is thus provided with information in a logical sequence that facilitates the understanding of normal and abnormal photobiologic processes in man and the rationale for photoprotection and phototherapy.

Each chapter is written by a different author. Given the broad scope of the book and its relatively small size, it is to be expected that each chapter