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May 1993

Topics in Clinical Dermatology: Photosensitivity

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Boston, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1993;129(5):659. doi:10.1001/archderm.1993.01680260135025

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Photosensitivity is a slim, 180-page compendium of topics reviewing the abnormal response of skin to light. Its 12 chapters are divided into a subset emphasizing the basic science aspects of photomedicine (principles of photobiology and photoimmunology); the other subset covers clinically relevant subjects such as sunburn and suntan, photoaging and skin cancer, photosensitivity to systemic agents, photocontact dermatitis, porphyrias, photosensitivity in the pediatric age group, idiopathic photosensitivity, photoaggravated diseases, and workup of the photosensitive patient. The intended audience, the practicing dermatologist, is instructed to use this volume as a manual for the evaluation and management of patients. This book is designed to read in its entirety or by chapter, according to need. The reader seeking more extensive details will need to look elsewhere.

As may be expected in multiauthored works, each chapter has a distinctive style and emphasis. This detracts nothing from the book, as each chapter provides a useful

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