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August 1988

Photobiology of the Skin and Eye

Arch Dermatol. 1988;124(8):1293. doi:10.1001/archderm.1988.01670080093029

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Along with advances in the science of photomedicine over the past ten years, there has been an abundance of books published on the subject. Those of interest to dermatologists fall into the following two categories: those that are general reviews of photomedicine, and those that specifically address the clinical aspects of photodermatology.

In the first category, Dr Jackson has edited Photobiology of the Skin and Eye, the fifth in a series of books on drug and chemical toxicology. This brief, multiauthored text addresses six areas of photobiology, including phototoxicity, concepts in photoimmunology and photoallergy, photocarcinogenesis, sun protection, phototherapy, and photoeffects on the eye. Attributes of the book are its concise nature and the excellent chapter on photoeffects on the eye. Unfortunately, as in many multiauthored texts, we are presented with a group of independently written chapters that are simply strung together with little unification. Furthermore, the title of the book

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