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August 1978


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Springfield, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(8):1249. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640200095052

Dr Weber, director of the Department of Dermatology, Klinikum Nürnberg, West Germany, has prepared a booklet entitled Photochemotherapie, which provides information to both physician and patient.

Various chapters deal with the historic aspects of photochemotherapy, technical requirements, and necessary equipment for this modality, as well as details of this treatment form for psoriasis and other skin conditions.

Chronologically, local photochemotherapy was first tried on a large scale in West Germany while the first experiments with the oral treatment method were carried out in the United States. According to Weber, there are no important differences in the effect of both treatment forms in psoriasis and mycosis fungoides. He believes that in psoriasis this modality is superior to all other treatment methods. Weber's conviction is based on personal experience: he had been suffering from psoriasis for 22 years and chose himself to be his first patient for the use of photochemotherapy.

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