This book provides specialists and primary care physicians experienced in the basic management of hair loss with the extra know-how required to master the challenges presented by the “difficult hair loss patient” – the patient who, for emotional, behavioral, or medical reasons, poses special problems and dilemmas for the treating physician. All relevant issues are fully covered, including expectation management, difficult dermatologic conditions, psychopathological disorders, the treatment of side-effects and patient noncompliance. A separate chapter is devoted to the optimization of therapy beyond evidence-based medicine, and a series of illuminating case studies are also included. The information presented in this book will enable the physician to approach demanding patients knowledgeably and sympathetically, engendering confidence and motivation.
- Provides the extra know-how required to meet the challenges presented by the difficult hair loss patient
- Presents helpful information on relevant dermatologic and psychopathological disorders
- Equips the physician to manage patient expectations and reduce noncompliance
?Introduction: Defining the Difficult Hair Loss Patient.- Prerequisites for Successful Management of Hair Loss.- Patient Expectation Management.- The Difficult Dermatologic Condition.- Psychopathological Disorders.- Tackling Side-Effects.- Patient Non Compliance.- Optimizing Therapy Beyond Evidence Based Medicine.- Epilogue: Faith Healing.
Ralph M. Trüeb is a Professor of Dermatology. He received his MD and Swiss Board Certification for Dermatology and Venereology as well as for Allergology and Clinical Immunology from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. In 1994-5 he spent a year at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas with Rick Sontheimer and at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Dallas with Bruce Beutler (Nobel Prize Laureate for Medicine, 2011) to complete his Fellowship in Immunodermatology. After 20 years’ tenure at the Department of Dermatology, University Hospital of Zurich, where he established and was head of the Hair Consultation Clinic, in 2010 he set up a private Center for Dermatology and Hair Diseases in Zurich-Wallisellen. He is past President of the European Hair Research Society (2008-11) and founding President of the Swiss Skin and Hair Foundation (2011). His clinical research interests focus on hair loss in women, inflammatory phenomena, hair aging and anti-aging, and patient expectation management. He is the author of more than 170 peer-reviewed scientific publications and author or editor of a number of textbooks on hair, including the Springer books Male Alopecia:Guide to Successful Management (2014), Aging Hair (2010), and Hair Growth and Disorders (2008).