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September 1986

Practical Psoriasis Therapy

Arch Dermatol. 1986;122(9):1074. doi:10.1001/archderm.1986.01660210124039

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Dr Lowe and his colleagues have set out to provide a compact source book on the treatment of psoriasis. The book is intended for clinicians, both dermatologists and nondermatologists. It is designed to provide the physician with current treatment modalities and instructions for the patient. It is a pleasure to see that the authors range from dermatology residents to full professors.

Chapters are titled and arranged in logical fashion, beginning with a section on differential diagnosis of psoriasis. Subsequent sections include: (1) a complicated but interestingly orchestrated flow chart for assigning patients to a particular form of therapy; (2) a series of chapters on various topical therapies from emollients to topical steroids with a heavy concentration on tar and anthralin therapy; (3) ultraviolet therapies; (4) systemic agents; (5) day treatment centers; and (6) nonroutine psoriatic problems, such as pustular psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. A useful index rounds out the book.

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