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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia Wong, MD (Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: Simple explanations of common skin ailments are provided for teenagers in this book. Using a question and answer format, the easy to understand chapters demystify common misperceptions of how to care for adolescent skin. Information about tattooing, body piercing, and treating acne and warts is of interest to the majority of teenagers.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate teenagers about how to have healthy skin and how to appropriately treat common skin problems.
Audience: Although adolescents are the intended audience, any lay person could gain some basic knowledge about caring for the skin. The book contains general information on skin care and recognizing the symptoms of infection, for example.
Features: The text is peppered with shaded boxes that contain helpful tips on therapy and skin facts. The chapter on skin cancer covers potential side effects associated with advanced melanoma treatment and the various therapies one may undergo. The authors avoid discussing sexually transmitted diseases, an oversight which hopefully will be corrected in the next edition. Teenagers are obsessed not only with how they look, but also with sex. Head lice are discussed, but there is no mention of pubic lice. Similarly, herpes simplex is mentioned, but without any mention of genital symptoms and its chronicity. A chapter on safe sex would be appropriate. This is a handy guide for young persons seeking current and accurate information on basic skin problems such as acne, infection, bug bites, etc.
Assessment: Parents may consider purchasing this book for themselves and a second copy for their high school graduate heading off to college when mother won't be around to consult.