Series: Comprehensive Series in Photosciences

The European Society for Photobiology (ESP) is an organization for developing and coordinating the very different fields of photosciences in terms of public knowledge and scientific interests. Due to the ever increasing demand for a comprehensive overview over the photosciences the ESP decided to initiate an encyclopedic series, the 'Comprehensive Series of Photosciences'. This series is intended to give an in-depth coverage over all the very different fields related to light effects. It will allow investigators, physicians, students, industry and laypersons to obtain an updated record of the state-of-the-art in specific fields, including a ready access to the recent literature. Most importantly, such reviews give a critical evaluation of the directions that the field is taking, outline hotly debated or innovative topics and even suggest a redirection if appropriate. It is our intention to produce the monographs at a sufficiently high rate to generate a timely coverage of both well established and emerging topics.
Book Series: Photodynamic Therapy and Fluorescence Diagnosis in Dermatology

Most recent volume

Volume 2. Photodynamic Therapy and Fluorescence Diagnosis in Dermatology

Published: 13th August 2001 Authors: P. Calzavara-Pinton R-M. Szeimies B. Ortel
Photodynamic therapy has been widely investigated over the past two decades and is emerging as a promising therapeutic modality for skin cancers and several inflammatory diseases. This growing interest is based on the availability of a new simple, effective and safe regimen using the topical application of a pro-drug, 5-aminolevulinic acid, as well as on the development of new "second generation" photosensitizers, namely 5-aminolevulinic acid-esters, phthalocyanines, chlorins, porphycenes and hypericin. In contrast to hematoporphyrin derivatives, these compounds are characterized by short-lasting generalized skin photosensitivity. These dyes are available for either topical or systemic delivery and are well characterized. The basic principles of PDT is more complex than chemotherapy or other pharmacological modalities. PDT involves not only a drug but an otherwise harmless compound that is activated by visible light. The interaction of these two treatment components is PDT. The variability of these both components results in a complexity of the treatment that may disorient the clinician who does not have specific experience in this field. This book aims to focus experimental and clinical findings on PDT in order to attract and direct the attention of a growing number of dermatologists.

Additional volumes

Volume 3. Sun Protection in Man

Published: 31st July 2001 Author: P.U. Giacomoni

Volume 1. Photomovement

Published: 19th June 2001 Authors: D.-P. H├Ąder M. Lebert