From Library Journal
From Egypt and ancient Rome right up to the snake-oil concoctions of the last century, Kuntzman (a New York journalist) relates a history "of failed promises, fake cures, misplaced hopes and bitter disappointment." For some men and women, losing one's hair is a calamitous life event, and this history is testimony to humankind's insuperable gullibility. Overall, Kuntzman treats his subject with humor but it is clear that for some there is no humor, only desperation, frustration, paranoia, and anger. Though Kuntzman does include the latest developments in hair therapy genetic studies that are incomplete; Rogaine, propecia, and proscar; transplantation; and RU58841 the coverage is too brief, giving this book limited efficacy for those looking for "cures." Less information about product pushers, frauds, and unscrupulous doctors and more about the status of hair growth therapies would have created a different, more useful book, but the web resource directory may assist some. [This is also available as an e-book: ISBN 0-679-64709-0. $9.95. Ed.] James Swanton, Harlem Hosp. Lib., New Yor.- James Swanton, Harlem Hosp. Lib., New York
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From the Inside Flap
Hair! Mankind's Historic Quest to End Baldness is a social history of one of humanity's most irksome problems: male pattern baldness.
Throughout the centuries, Man (not his real name) has tried everything to hide, treat and repair baldness, as well as a host of nostrums designed to coax hair growth from the scalp (or, at least, money from the wallets of unsuspecting baldies). Yet we stand on the brink of a truly historic epoch: Two drugs are now federally approved remedies for baldness and more are on the way while surgical techniques continue to improve, and even hairpieces are becoming acceptable again. Will baldness, the stigma it carries, and the profound psychological toll it takes on men soon be things of the past? Will bald men someday be electable? Are these even rhetorical questions?
Gersh Kuntzman takes you from the laboratories of Merck, maker of Propecia, to the operating rooms of the nation's best hair-transplant surgeons, to the rug men working on the cutting edge of artificial hair design. Hair! covers baldness like nothing before.