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May 1981

Allergic Diseases: Diagnosis and Management

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(5):314. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650050070031

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The second edition of this textbook represents a substantial improvement over the first edition. The volume begins with an informative and readable chapter on the immune response and hypersensitivity reactions. This provides a good background of present knowledge of the fundamentals regarding antibody-mediated and cell-mediated hypersensitivities for the clinical chapters that follow. However, no mention is made of basophils in delayed-type hypersensitivity skin reactions, including the newer knowledge on Jones-Mote reactions (cutaneous basophil hypersensitivity).

On the whole, the clinical chapters are well written and provide useful information on the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and management of allergic diseases. References have been brought up to date. Chapters that are of particular interest to the dermatologist are those on allergens and other factors important in atopic disease (with a section on house dust and dust mites), allergy to stinging insects, urticaria and angioedema, atopic dermatitis, drug allergy, allergic contact dermatitis, and pruritus.

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