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February 1994

Clinical Dermatology: Retinoids: Progress in Research and Clinical Applications

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Little Rock, Ark

Arch Dermatol. 1994;130(2):266. doi:10.1001/archderm.1994.01690020136033

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The fifth book in the Clinical Dermatology series, Retinoids: Progress in Research and Clinical Applications, is a timely one. This book is the result of the Conference on Retinoids, held in Italy in 1991, in which renowned basic and clinical scientists were brought together to discuss the ''staggering progress'' being made in the field. However, the work presented is not a glossy overview of selected topics in which only the highlights are covered. Most chapters are thorough, well written, nicely referenced, and deal with substantive issues.

The book covers a wide range of topics that are divided into five major headings: ''Metabolism and Nutrition,'' ''Molecular and Cell Biology,'' ''Developmental Biology and Teratogenicity,'' ''Pharmacology,'' and ''Analytics and Pharmacokinetics.'' Research devoted to topics such as structure-activity relationships, nuclearreceptors, and teratogenicity show up in many different chapters. Although there is no specific section that discusses clinical applications, the ''Pharmacology'' section deals with clinically

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