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March 1995

Disorders of Hair Growth: Diagnosis and Treatment

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Ann Arbor, Mich

Arch Dermatol. 1995;131(3):262. doi:10.1001/archderm.1995.01690150026006

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Part of a recent holiday was spent carefully studying the 400 or so pages of text, illustrations, and tables that comprise Disorders of Hair Growth. My time was well spent because this is a very good book. It is good because of the high level of expertise and extensive clinical experience of the several contributors. It is good because of emphasis on practical therapeutics. And it is good because a serious effort was made to include the new biology of the hair follicle.

Andrew Messenger's chapter on control of hair growth and pigmentation is a paradigm of understandable molecular biology. Editor and contributor Elise Olsen's chapter on hair loss in children (an incredibly complicated and often arcane subject) is clear, well organized, beautifully tabulated, and comes complete with 226 references. David Whiting's chapter on hair shaft defects is simply the best there is. The final chapter, Wesley Wilborn's contribution on

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