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Book and New Media Reviews
April 2003

Cosmetic Dermatology: Principles and Practice

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Copyright 2003 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2003

Arch Dermatol. 2003;139(4):548-549. doi:10.1001/archderm.139.4.548-a

The widespread interest in cosmetic dermatology is changing the face of the specialty. While there are many reasons for this new practice vector in our field, it is clear that the cosmetic health of the skin will be a major component of the specialty for years to come. Our scholarly literature is replete with excellent texts on traditional aspects of medical and surgical dermatology, but cosmetic dermatology, by virtue of its newness, is one area that must develop a reliable body of information, almost de novo. Cosmetic Dermatology: Principles and Practice by Leslie Baumann, of the University of Miami (Fla) is an important addition to this emerging body. That it provides a broad overview of cosmetic science, products, and procedures in a readable fashion highlights the accessibility of this book, primarily a single-author effort. Importantly, Baumann's volume pursues the daunting challenge of discussing and critically reviewing cosmetic products that inundate the clinical dermatologist and layperson daily. The author provides guidance, reference, and critical review of any research or evidence-based studies supporting the many cosmetic claims that patients regularly inquire about.