Photobiology in Medicine

  • Giulio Jori
  • Roy H. Pottier
  • Michael A. J. Rodgers
  • T. George Truscott

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 272)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Reactive Intermediates in Biology and Medicine

    1. Santiago Nonell
      Pages 29-50
    2. Johan W. M. Lagerberg, Monique H. Rasch, Tom M. A. R. Dubbelman
      Pages 51-60
  3. Photoreactions of Biological and Medical Importance

    1. Tom M. A. R. Dubbelman, John D. Spikes
      Pages 61-70
    2. Dietrich Averbeck
      Pages 71-98
    3. Patrick A. Riley
      Pages 99-112
  4. Damaging Effects of Light

    1. Gerard M. J. Beijersbergen van Henegouwen
      Pages 113-124
    2. Tadeusz Sarna, Małgorzata Różanowska
      Pages 125-141
  5. Photomedicine

    1. Monique Hurks, Johan Garssen, Henk van Loveren, Bert-Jan Vermeer
      Pages 161-175
    2. Marie Thérèse Foultier, Véronique Vonarx-Coinsman, Laurent Morlet, Léonor Xavier de Brito, Nelly Robillard, Thierry Patrice
      Pages 177-186
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 187-190

About this book


Man has recognised an association of light with life and medicine for over 3000 years. Today the major challenges to this topic include the elucidation of photochemical reactions involved in photobiology at the molecular level. This includes the use of a variety of modem probing techniques that directly measures the reactivity of excited states and free radicals involved in biological reactions. This text-book is based on such an approach and has arisen from some of the lectures delivered at the NATO ASI held at Hotel Capo Caccia near the Centre for Advanced Research in Photobiology (CARP) in Sardegia, Italy. The ASI took place from 30 September -13 October 1993 and involved a total membership of 90. The book, like the NATO ASI itself, is divided into four themes starting with fundamental aspects and ending with complex medically related systems. Thus Theme 1 covers aspects of the underlying photophysics and photochemistry with particular emphasis on modem experimental techniques to study molecular mechanisms of biological processes. Theme 2 applies many of these fundamental studies to the chemical reactions of most relevance to photobiology and photomedicine such as photo-addition, -isomerization, -sensitization and -pigmentation. The third and fourth Themes deal with the deleterious and therapeutic aspects of light with particular emphasis on the use of Photo-Dynamic Therapy (PDT) to treat cancer and on viral and micro bioi infections.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Giulio Jori
    • 1
  • Roy H. Pottier
    • 2
  • Michael A. J. Rodgers
    • 3
  • T. George Truscott
    • 4
  1. 1.University of PadovaPadovaItaly
  2. 2.The Royal Military College of CanadaKingstonCanada
  3. 3.Bowling Green State UniversityBowling GreenUSA
  4. 4.Keele UniversityKeele, StaffordshireEngland

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