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May 1992

Physician's Guide to Sunscreens

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Boston, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1992;128(5):713. doi:10.1001/archderm.1992.01680150147032

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Physician's Guide to Sunscreens provides thorough coverage of the dermatologic perspective on protection from solar radiation. The book addresses issues ranging from the biology of the tanning process to nonmelanoma skin cancer prevention to contact sensitization from sunscreens. The book's biggest deficiency is its misleading title. This is not a book about sunscreens; rather, it is an excellent book about the theory of sunscreening.

Sunscreens, as specific marketed products, are addressed on only a single page. There is a single table on page 211 that lists selected sunscreen products available in the United States, ranked by sun-protection factor (SPF). The book does not have any breakdown of the commercially available products to provide ingredient lists, percentage of active ingredients, substantivity data, or vehicles used.

The authors do provide important information on all of the major issues about which a dermatologist would be concerned. What does a claim of being waterproof

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