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September 1996


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Boston, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1996;132(9):1136. doi:10.1001/archderm.1996.03890330152039

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Gilchrest's Photodamage is remarkably easy to use, enjoyable to read, and destined to become a classic. In a hardback binding with 106 illustrations, 24 color plates, numerous tables, and an appealing layout, this text is comprehensive, up-to-date, and generously referenced. There are 17 chapters authored by 24 of the most prominent contributors to the ever-expanding literature on cutaneous photoinjury. Six chapters define the magnitude and scope of the problem of photodamage, including both its acute and chronic manifestations. The distinction between chronological aging and photoaging is made quite poignantly. Methods for studying chronic photoinjury in human beings as well as in animals are provided. Six other chapters cover biochemical, histological, and ultrastructural data on photoaging as well as on pathogenesis. The accounts on photocarcinogenesis and photoimmunology are especially insightful and clear. The remaining 5 chapters concern the treatment of photodamage with special attention given to the retinoids, antioxidants, sunscreens, face-lifts, and

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