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June 1983

Principles of Cosmetics for the Dermatologist

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Highland Park, Ill

Arch Dermatol. 1983;119(6):536. doi:10.1001/archderm.1983.01650300090026

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I enjoyed reading this book, which reminded me of the changes occurring in our specialty. We have moved from physician formulations to packaged materials and surgery. This book fills in many details about topical vehicles and also prods one to think of the numerous biological and pharmaceutical effects of materials applied to the skin.

Additionally, many patients visit dermatologists because of problems that are either "cosmetic" or socially unacceptable. These are most often medical problems, so dermatologists should be familiar with the use and effects of cosmetics that, in essence, are topical vehicles without active pharmaceutical ingredients. This familiarity would help one recommend appropriate products and understand their actions and patients' reactions to them.

A wide range of cosmetic and toiletry items is covered in this book. Fortunately, most of the book reads well and the material has been submitted by people eminently qualified in the field. The subjects range

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