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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia Wong, MD (Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: This book presents information about acne in the format of commonly asked questions with answers in laymen's language.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate acne sufferers about acne, treatments, and its causes. Medical personnel may find the information helpful in discussing acne with patients in language they can understand.
Audience: Patients with acne and nurses and physicians having difficulty explaining acne to their patients are the intended audience.
Features: A few simple diagrams illustrate the pathogenesis of acne, what causes comedones, etc. Tables list different types of medications used to treat acne and the different concentrations of alcohol for topical solutions. The simple explanations are the strength of the book.
Assessment: The book is most useful for the general public. Dermatologists will find the book extremely elementary.