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February 1990

Photosensitivity Diseases: Principles of Diagnosis and Treatment

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Boston, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1990;126(2):261-262. doi:10.1001/archderm.1990.01670260133035

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This very useful book is a source of important information on normal and abnormal cutaneous reactions to light and on phototherapy, written with the practicing clinician in mind. It is an updated version of the book first published in 1981 and has essentially no current competition (although I think most of us looking at the book by Magnus written in 1976 [Dermatological Photobiology. Oxford, England: Blackwell; 1976] would be impressed by the current nature of most of the ideas presented there).

The bulk of this book is divided into three sections: principles of photobiology and photochemistry, therapeutic effects of light, and diagnosis and management of photosensitivity disease. Seven appendices provide "how-to-do-it" information on important areas of phototherapy, diagnosis, treatment of photosensitivity diseases, and other topics. New chapters on photoimmunology and combined therapies utilizing UV radiation have been added since the first edition.

In general, this is an informative, well-written, and

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