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August 1978

Dermatological Photobiology: Clinical and Experimental Aspects

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San Francisco

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(8):1249. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640200095050

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Dermatological Photobiology is a 276-page review of the science of photobiology and is intended primarily for the dermatologist. The first hundred pages deal with basic physics and photochemistry of the skin and the equipment used to deliver and measure ultraviolet light. In this section the author condenses a great deal of basic science principles, which makes it difficult for the inexperienced clinician to easily grasp.

The remainder of the text is devoted to the clinical aspects of photobiology, with separate chapters on the porphyrias, solar urticaria, and polymorphous light eruption. These chapters are written concisely, read easily, and draw heavily on the author's extensive personal experience in the field.

A major strength of the text is the exhaustive (700) references. A major weakness is the superficial discussion that is given to several important areas, including photoprotection, photochemotherapy, and ultraviolet carcinogenesis. From a clinical standpoint the lack of photographs (there are

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