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Fast Facts: Disorders of the Hair and Scalp, 2nd edn

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Fast Facts: Disorders of the Hair and Scalp, 2nd edn

By Rodney Sinclair and
Vicky Jolliffe

Published 2013

136 pages, 65 illustrations

ISBN 978-1-908541-37-6



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Hair is inextricably linked with an individual’s sense of worth, personal style and self-confidence. If this is overlooked by clinicians, patients presenting with hair disorders may feel undertreated and underappreciated. Fast Facts: Disorders of the Hair and Scalp is a practical resource that will help healthcare professionals diagnose a wide range of hair and scalp disorders (including different types of hair loss), perform further investigations and, where appropriate, provide treatment options. Highlights include:

  • A well-illustrated overview of hair biology and the normal hair cycle
  • A clear guide to history taking, observational examination and investigation
  • Over 70 tables, illustrations and photographs to aid clinical diagnosis
  • A concise explanation of the role of androgens and genetics in male and female pattern hair loss
  • Practical steps for the assessment of diffuse hair loss
  • Comprehensive details of topical and systemic therapies for alopecia areata
  • A classification of scarring alopecias, with treatment options
  • Scalp disorders presented by symptom – scaly, itchy or painful
  • An overview of special problems in children

This fully revised second edition of Fast Facts: Disorders of the Hair and Scalp is an ideal resource for primary care practitioners, practice nurses, trainee dermatologists and medical students wanting to provide the most appropriate therapeutic, cosmetic and supportive advice to their patients, and for trichologists and consultant dermatologists wanting to keep up to date and informed on the many hair and scalp disorders.


  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Diagnosis
  • Androgenetic alopecia
  • Diffuse hair loss – telogen effluvium
  • Alopecia areata
  • Trichotillosis and traction alopecia
  • Scarring alopecia
  • Tinea capitis
  • Hirsutism and hypertrichosis
  • Scalp disorders
  • Special problems in children
  • Hair transplantation, care and cosmetics
  • Useful resources

"... very easy to read and 'dip' into ... it describes the histological appearance of each condition, helping some of us mere mortals to interpret the often “foreign language” we receive on pathology reports ... it discusses evidence for effective treatments in each chapter, but, in addition, covers the therapies your patients may ask about which have uncertain/unproven benefits or even hazardous effects ... It is good value for money and will be a useful additoin to any GP or GPSI armoury of literature."

Michelle Ralph, GPSI Cambridge & PCDS Bulletin Editor
Primary Care Dermatology Society Bulletin, Spring 2014

“... a must for GPs, dermatologists, clinical trichologists and trichology students. The photos and diagrams are first rate, and a lot of up-to-date information is given in a clear, concise delivery method.”

Keith W Hobbs FIT FRSPH, Clinical Director, Institute of Trichologists, May 2013


The authors

Rodney Sinclair

Professor of Dermatology, University of Melbourne, Director of Dermatology Services, St. Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, Director of Research and Training, Skin and Cancer Foundation, Darlington/Westmead, NSW, Australia

Vicky Jolliffe

MA FRCP FRCS(Ed) MRCGP, Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Dermatologist, Barts and The London NHS Trust, London, UK.


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