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Light and Skin Interactions by Aravind Krishnaswamy, Gladimir G. Baranoski

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Chapter 1. Introduction

Skin is one of the most complex organs in the human body. Its appearance, determined by genetic (endogenous) and environmental (exogenous) factors, can convey important information about an individual's origin, age, and health. For this reason, it has been an object of extensive study in life and physical sciences. Several clinical procedures used to assist the diagnosis and treatment of dermatological diseases are based on the measurement and modeling of skin appearance attributes. Computational (in silico) simulations of biophysical processes affecting skin appearance are also being routinely employed, for example, in the cosmetics and entertainment industries. In the former, the predictions of such simulations are used ...

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