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First of a promised series of detailed monographs on major problems in dermatology, this small book has excellent to poor features. Chapters on the historical background, hereditary angioedema, and the physical urticarias are superb and worth the price of the book. Half of the photographs are of poor quality, failing to display the morphologic findings clearly, but hives and erythema are notoriously difficult to film. Lumping acute and chronic urticaria together, the chapters on cause and clinical features are chock full of information, but their organization does not helpfully guide the practitioner toward making the diagnosis in his patient with hives. Choice of drug, dose, and timing highlight the chapter on treatment, being the best discussion on antihistamine therapy of hives in print.
The book is best for giving a comprehensive (but incomplete) literature review and presenting the authors large and long experience in managing patients with urticaria. Anyone writing
Akers WA. Urticaria. Arch Dermatol. 1975;111(2):277. doi:10.1001/archderm.1975.01630140135025