In this monograph, Hollander attempts a much-needed review and "defense" of grenz or Bucky ray therapy and its clinical applicability in dermatology today. His extensive experience, diligent research, and enthusiasm amply qualify him for this task. He succeeds in presenting a reasonably objective assessment of the advantages, risks, and problems of grenz-ray therapy, while dispelling some of the myths, confusion, and disagreements surrounding its use.
The first half of the book covers radiation physics and other technical aspects, the remainder the therapy of skin diseases. Short chapters on historical background and other therapeutic applications add little substance. The reviewer, with a clinical dermatologist's bias, would have preferred condensing the technical chapters, which cover material familiar to most therapists, in favor of more critical evaluation and interpretation of the large mass of clinical data presented. Many isolated and conflicting case reports are cited with insufficient comment and analysis of discrepancies. A