Evidence-based thinking in clinical medicine has impacted greatly on the physician's approach to clinical care. Evidence-Based Dermatology introduces and encourages the concept of evidence-based patient care in dermatology. Incorporating a text that is much more than merely the summary of trial data, the authors worked to explore disease mechanisms and treatments in greater depth and detail in order to provide more insight for the reader. In addition to promoting the understanding of the evidence-based philosophy, the authors have focused on some of the fundamentals in dermatology that need to be approached differently. Issues such as the interpretation of clinical research, disease-oriented evidence versus patient-care evidence, and the use of placebo are examined.
Howard Maibach, MD, Professor, Department of Dermatology, UCSF School of Medicine - Dr. Howard Maibach has written and lectured extensively on dermatotoxicology (the toxicity to man from skin exposure) and dermatopharmacology (the treatment of skin diseases). His current research programs include defining the chemical-biologic faces of irritant dermatitis and the study of percutaneous penetration. His Clinical Specialties include Dermatopharmacology and Allergic Contact Dermatitis. His research interests include Dermatotoxicology, Dermatopathology and Percutaneous Penetration.