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Drug Therapy in Dermatology

July 25, 2000

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Active, Most Current

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ISBN: 978-0-203-90831-0
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  • Revision: July 25, 2000
  • Published Date: July 25, 2000
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: CRC Press (CRC)
  • Page Count: 498
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

Description / Abstract:


One of the most useful resources for me as a resident at the University of Michigan was the wonderful book by Lerner and Lerner on dermatological therapy. This text provided a scientific yet practical clinical overview of therapy at a time when much of dermatology was based on anecdotal therapeutics. This book is long since out of print, but Aaron Lerner's stature as a scientist certified its value in my mind. Books on therapy in our specialty are infrequently published and, I feel, much needed. Drug Therapy in Dermatology covers dermatological therapy as espoused by an international group of experts. Readers from all around the world will find useful information with which to enhance their therapeutic skills.

It has been my intent to provide a source of therapeutic guidance using a two-pronged approach. First, groups and categories of drugs are summarized by international experts who provide sound guidance in appropriate therapeutic choices, optimal follow-up in therapy, and expectations for drug effects. Second, this book contains chapters that are dedicated to common and major dermatological diseases and that review therapy for such conditions as acne and psoriasis. This approach provides at least two points of view from different experts in the field. These chapters explore complex dermatological diseases, considering multiple therapeutic approaches and providing expert guidance for the selection, initiation, and follow-up of drug therapies.

Inasmuch as this book has an international authorship, the reader should keep in mind that dosages, along with appropriate indications, may vary from country to country. These authors discuss when a given therapy should be used, but again there may be regional variations. A second caveat is that when using any drug, the changes brought about by drug interactions are of key importance.

This book makes no attempt to be comprehensive, and indeed the pace at which our understanding of many of the issues discussed here is expanding makes it nearly impossible to be simultaneously comprehensive and current. Knowledge can be supplemented by using such tools as the Physician's Desk Reference (in the United States) and the Internet, which contain up-to-date sources for additional information. When referring to an Internet source for the current status of any given drug, it is important to determine the time of the last revision as well as whether the information conflicts with other available data.

I hope that this volume will become a most useful addition to the dermatologist's library.