by John O'Donel Alexander, 346 pp, 183 illus, $24.50, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1975.
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Dermatitis Herpetiformis is a disease of diverse morphologic features and varying clinical presentations usually coexisting with a clinically asymptomatic gluten-sensitive enteropathy.
This book, the fourth monograph in the series Major Problems in Dermatology, is a comprehensive review of dermatitis herpetiformis, including history, clinical presentations, histopathology, genetics, laboratory abnormalities, and treatment. Other chapters discuss immunologic factors, influence of iodides, differential diagnosis, and some etiologic hypotheses. The book is amply illustrated by 183 generally excellent photographs and a multitude of informative tables.
Although its major emphasis is dermatitis herpetiformis, this book extensively reviews other bullous diseases, including bullous pemphigoid, erythema multiforme, herpes gestationis, bullous disease of childhood, and pemphigus. The clinical, histopathologic, and immunologic differences and similarities are discussed.
Although all chapters contain relevant information, the clinician would probably be most interested in the chapters relating to clinical aspects and treatment of dermatitis herpetiformis. The usual pharmacologic agents, sulfapyridine and dapsone, are
Dahl MV. Dermatitis Herpetiformis. Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(12):1806. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630370076027