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August 1993

Sun-Damaged Skin

Author Affiliations

Boston, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1993;129(8):1071. doi:10.1001/archderm.1993.01680290147032

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This short text addresses several topics related to sun-damaged skin, ranging from basic photobiology, clinical photoaging, the histology of photodamaged skin, and skin cancer. The information is presented in a clear, concise, and easily readable format. Much factual data are condensed into each page, and the book succeeds in providing a general overview of the topic. Clearly, a work of this size cannot hope to address these issues in great depth, and, indeed, the topics are covered superficially. I am unsure about the intended audience. Most of the information is basic knowledge to practicing dermatologists. On the other hand, the material is probably beyond the scope of the lay reader. It would be quite useful for internists, family practitioners, and other nondermatologist physicians who have an interest in skin disease. Many of the clinical photographs are excellent. In particular, the photos of actinic keratoses are superb—they are common lesions, but

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