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July 1988

Dermatologic Clinics: Hair Disorders

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Arch Dermatol. 1988;124(7):1135-1136. doi:10.1001/archderm.1988.01670070099034

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This 168-page text is an exceptionally well-written, comprehensive, and up-to-date reference on hair disorders. Topics covered include the following: (1) the biology of hair, (2) the general evaluation of the patient with alopecia, (3) androgenetic alopecia, (4) hirsutism, (5) hair replacement techniques including punch grafts, micrografts and minigrafts, and scalp reduction, (6) alopecia areata, (7) hair loss in systemic disease, (8) drug-induced alopecia, (9) hair-shaft anomalies, (10) trichotillomania, (11) scarring alopecia, (12) hair cosmetics, and (13) minoxidil. In general, each chapter is followed by an extensive and current bibliography.

Ebling reviews the basic physiology of androgen metabolism and the pathophysiology of the common alopecias. Hordinsky stresses the need for a complete medical history and details the techniques specific to the assessment of the patient with hair disorders. Bergfeld and Redmond discuss the current theories of androgen metabolism, its effect on androgenetic alopecia, and the laboratory assessment of the hirsute patient.

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