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Facial Skin Disorders

2007 Edition, March 6, 2007

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ISBN: 978-1-4356-2622-5
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  • Revision: 2007 Edition, March 6, 2007
  • Published Date: March 6, 2007
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: CRC Press (CRC)
  • Page Count: 190
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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Dr Ronald Marks has been intrigued and fascinated for much of his distinguished career by disorders of the face. He has published a multitude of articles and a small library of books on disorders which disfigure the face.

His bona fides for writing this magnum opus reflect his extraordinary talents and capabilities as a teacher, clinician, investigator, publicist, and organizer of international symposia dedicated to the varied and diverse aspects of these common and troubling diseases, including acne, rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, photoaging, tumors, infections, etc. The uniqueness of this volume as the most comprehensive and complete work on this subject can be attributed, in addition to his vast clinical experience, to his extensive knowledge of the immunologic, molecular, biochemical, histologic, photobiologic, and not least, his psychologic understanding of these common distressing disorders.

This up-to-date text, with its carefully selected, voluminous but relevant references, is directed to a wide readership and is required reading for researchers, clinicians, cosmetic surgeons, and especially educators in academic centers who have a focus on the many and diverse signs and symptoms of facial affliction.

Marks makes the keen and sad observation that funding for these common problems, such as acne and rosacea, has been egregiously feeble, which is certainly the case in the USA where it will come as a shock that the National Institutes of Health has not funded a single grant for either disease. The baleful consequence, as Marks points out, is the perpetuation of fallacies, myths, misconceptions, and anecdotal fictions regarding the pathogenesis and diagnosis, leading to confusions and controversies regarding treatment. He makes a valiant and successful effort to deal with these widespread misconceptions, which leave many patients neglected and undeserved. Marks stresses the enormous psychosocial impact these afflictions have on the quality of life, often leading to social isolation, depression, despair, loss of self-esteem, shame, anger, and even suicidal ideation. These diseases do not kill. Instead they can ruin life by limiting opportunities for all forms of life's societal interactions.

Marks is not only a prolific writer but is also highly esteemed for his ability to write plain, crystal-clear English, totally lacking in academic ostentatious, stuffy language.This is an eminently readable and enjoyable text containing many memorable Marksian phraseologies; for example, his charge about the shameful lack of funding. He writes ‘inflamed facial skin just cannot be ignored and always makes waves in the psychological stream'.

It is often said that by the time a text is published the material is already out of date. This dictum will not apply here. This book is a classic which will inform clinicians and investigators for decades to come because of its rich and vivid descriptions, abundant illustrations, trustworthy references, crisp summaries and figures, Throughout, Marks stresses the need to seek objective quantitative, verifiable data on all aspects of these varied diseases, replacing folklore with science.

The sections on treatment are laudable for their preciseness and conciseness among a monumental array of therapeutic options, which alone would necessitate a volume twice this size. The enormous pharmacologic and surgical interventions are tersely described and referenced.

This classic is perhaps the culminating achievement of Marks' long and distinguished career as a scholar, teacher, researcher, and clinician par excellence which history will surely designate as one of the most important and poignant figures of the latter half of 20th century dermatology.