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This is the first comprehensive, introductory book describing both diagnostic and therapeutic optical methods in medicine. The first section covers the history of optics theory and the basic science behind light-tissue interactions. It also introduces the relevant approaches and approximations used to describe light propagation in turbid biological media. In the second section, the authors look more closely at light-tissue interactions and their applications in different medical areas, such as wound healing and tissue welding. The final section examines the various diagnostic methods that are employed using optical techniques. Throughout, the text employs numerical examples of clinical and research requirements.