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This edition contains contributions from 20 authors, but the bulk of the work was done by the editor and principal author, Dr Edmund L. Dubois. The book is essentially a reissue of the first edition, with updated supplements at the end of each chapter.
The volume reflects the tremendous experience Dr Dubois has had with lupus erythematosus (LE); the clinical chapters are enriched by a myriad of personal clinical anecdotes. The chapters on the differential diagnosis of systemic LE and on the NZB mouse strain as a model for autoimmunity are concise and well written. The chapter on discoid LE is excellent, although the lack of color illustrations is disappointing.
The primary chapters, which have been left virtually in their original form, are eloquently written and spiced with historical perspective. The supplements, by comparison, seem like abbreviated afterthoughts. Inevitably, undue emphasis is placed on dated concepts eloquently discussed in the
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