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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jeffrey R. Marcus(Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is a book originally derived from the proceedings of the International Symposium on Growth Factors and Wound Healing: Basic Science and Potential Clinical Applications held in September, 1995. The format is based upon the information presented, and it therefore is organized around the topics of interest at that meeting. This 365-page book provides a setting for in-depth discussion of these topics.
Purpose: It is the intent of this work to give an overview of the basic science, animal studies, and clinical trials in the study of growth factors and wound healing. In this constantly evolving field, the book provides current concepts, review, and background information designed to place the reader on a solid foundation.
Audience: The editors have brought together contributors from both the academic and industrial communities, including several prominent figures in the fields of wound healing and growth factor research. The information will be of greatest interest to basic science and clinical researchers, as well as to those in industry involved in the development of clinical applications for growth factors.
Features: A high degree of detail and background is possible with a devoted text such as this. Although much of the focus is directed toward cutaneous wound healing, the scientific material is derived from a broad range of specialties, in particular the chapters dealing with angiogenesis, nutrition, and colonic healing. Very thorough reference listings highlight all major contributions in the areas of interest.
Assessment: In the dynamic area of growth factor research, our knowledge base is expanded on an almost weekly basis. This book will be very useful in its intended role as a reference for the background and overview of growth factor research and applications in wound healing.