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December 1987

Clinics in Dermatology: Bullous Pemphigoid

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Ontario, Ore

Arch Dermatol. 1987;123(12):1721. doi:10.1001/archderm.1987.01660360187036

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Although it seems that an excessive number of articles discussing bullous diseases have been published, this book is a well-written, concise, yet complete, compendium of all aspects of the pemphigoid diseases. The editor and the contributing authors successfully distilled each subject into the shortest readable text, even those dealing with basic science and immunology.

The highlight is the unique, enlightening dissertation regarding pemphigoid as a manifestation of the aging immune system. Other outstanding chapters deal with pathology and therapy. The excellent systematic compendium of the diverse pathologic patterns seen in pemphigoid allows clinicians, dermatopathologists, and residents to more easily diagnose the disease with microscopic data. The superb chapter on therapy examined each modality and described the practical cookbook method of its use. Especially helpful was topical care of mucous membranes. As a busy practitioner who is away from a university setting, the completeness of this chapter was appreciated.

Several controversial

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