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August 1978

The Science of Photobiology

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edited by Kendric C. Smith, 430 pp, with illus, $35, New York, Plenum Publishing Corp, 1977.

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(8):1249. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640200095051

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The Science of Photobiology is a 430-page textbook intended to present a broad overview to the undergraduate and graduate student in the field of photobiology. It is divided into 15 chapters that represent the official subspeciality areas designated by the American Society of Photobiology. These include spectroscopy, photochemistry, photosynthesis, vision, and photomedicine.

The format of all chapters is quite similar. Each presents an overview of the selected topic and includes background material for the novice and key references for the more motivated reader. In general, the book reads extremely well.

The Science of Photobiology was edited by an outstanding scientist and the driving force behind the newly formed (1972) American Society of Photobiology. It successfully integrates the multidisciplines in photobiology and brings them into the realm of current biologic and environmental problems. This text will be most useful for the basic science student of photobiology. The clinical photobiologist, however, will

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