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October 1994

Hair and Hair Diseases

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New Orleans, La


edited by Constantin E. Orfanos and Rudolf Happle. 1057 p, with 561 illus, $204.70, New York, NY, Springer-Verlag NY Inc, 1990.

Arch Dermatol. 1994;130(10):1340. doi:10.1001/archderm.1994.01690100130029

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Hair and Hair Diseases is a giant book. The editors of this textbook and the individual chapter authors are not only acknowledged leaders in the hair sciences but are respected investigators, academicians, and clinicians. It has a multidisciplined approach that differs from the Rook-Dawber book, Diseases of the Hair and Scalp, which, although a wonderful historical perspective with an encyclopedic scope, is compiled exclusively by the two authors. The 40 chapters are quite comprehensive and organized into three major categories: basic science and research; clinical syndromes, problems, and diseases that affect hair and hair growth; and hair cosmetics.

The references are clearly indexed throughout the text of each section and seem to be current in most respects. I could not find any mention of ''bubble hair'' described in 1986 (cited in the Rook-Dawber book on page 255), but it is a trivial omission when one reviews the section on nonhuman

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