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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kathleen E Kramer, MD (Stanford University)
Description: This book examines causes and treatments of the ubiquitous issue of photoaging, from basic science chapters to chapters on the newest and upcoming therapies in this field.
Purpose: This is one in a series of books whose purpose is to add to a dermatologist's knowledge of the field. Through a multidisciplinary approach, the authors attempt to discuss the diagnosis, prevention, and improvement of photoaging. Photoaging affects everyone and this area of dermatology is expanding rapidly, therefore the author's objectives are worthy. The book provides a comprehensive review of this subject and does meet the author's objectives.
Audience: The book is written for dermatologists and dermatologic surgeons and will be a valuable resource for these physicians as well as for physician extenders working in this area. The authors are leaders in the field of dermatology and photoaging.
Features: The book starts with the basic science and theories behind photoaging. It moves on to discuss photoprotection. Chapters covering specific techniques of rejuvenation from lasers to botox, peels, fillers constitute the main focus of the book and treatment of Asian, Hispanic and patients of color is also addressed. Subjects are discussed in a comprehensive yet easily digestible manner. The summary boxes at the start of each chapter are particularly useful. Photos and figures are useful and appropriate. There is some duplication between chapters as these are written by different authors, some figures are printed twice and some photos are incompletely labeled. Also the index is not very thoroughly presented.
Assessment: Photoaging is a well-written, easy to read, comprehensive, and up-to-date book authored by experts in this field and will be a useful addition to the library of any dermatologist.