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May 6, 1961

The Cutaneous Manifestations of the Benign Inflammatory Reticuloses

JAMA. 1961;176(5):469. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040180071030

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A classification of the reticuloendothelial reactions associated with cutaneous manifestations would include benign, granulomatous, and malignant diseases. The editor has dealt with these conditions in five volumes: (1) Benign Cutaneous Reticuloses, (2) Granulomatous Reticuloses, (3) Leukemia Cutis, (4) Malignant Lymphomas, and (5) Kaposi's Sarcoma. Earlier volumes discussed separately malignant lymphomas and Kaposi's sarcoma. In fact, this volume is the introduction and is concerned with the benign reticuloses which are divided into two general categories, the inflammatory and the infectious hyperplasias.

The editor describes the inflammatory entities, and the contributors, Drs. Orlando Canizares and Daniel Kushner, offer excellent interpretations of the infectious hyperplasias. Critics might challenge the general classification (as either too simple or too complex). The book is illustrated with photomicrographs, and has an extensive bibliography. It should be of value to the internist, pathologist, and dermatologist, as it achieves its purpose—to present the cutaneous aspects of the diseases of

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