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Article
April 1979

Histologic Diagnosis of Inflammatory Skin Diseases: A Method by Pattern Analysis

Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn

 

by A. Bernard Ackerman, 863 pp, with illus, $86, Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger Publishers, 1978.

Arch Dermatol. 1979;115(4):512. doi:10.1001/archderm.1979.04010040084032

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Abstract

This large, handsome volume is a virtuoso performance in the creation of a patterned approach to dermatopathology. The search for Bronowski's "hidden likeness in diversity" has led to the development of nine patterns of pathology, to be recognized as subsuming all inflammatory pathologic events in the skin. The patterns to be recognized at scanning power of the microscope are as follows: superficial perivascular dermatitis, superficial and deep perivascular dermatitis, vasculitis, nodular and diffuse dermatitis, intraepidermal vesicular dermatitis, subepidermal vesicular dermatitis, folliculitis, fibrosing dermatitis, and panniculitis. Each section is defined and illustrated by explanatory drawings and not only is each individual entity described, but a highlighted outline of the pathology precedes the longer descriptions. Clinical information is used to emphasize the differential diagnosis, as well as problems of diagnosis.

Each section is beautifully and selectively illustrated with low- and high-power photomicrographs. The labeling of the photomicrographs is extensive, discrete, and accomplished

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