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Article
January 1993

Neurofibromatosis: Phenotype, Natural History, and Pathogenesis

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Chicago, Ill

 

by Vincent M. Riccardi, 498 pp, with black-and-white illus, Baltimore, Md, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992

Arch Dermatol. 1993;129(1):119. doi:10.1001/archderm.1993.01680220135033

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Abstract

The second edition of this book attempts to update our understanding of neurofibromatosis. This book represents the perspective and study of Dr Riccardi, who has extensively observed patients with neurofibromatosis. Dr Riccardi organizes his discussion of the manifestations of neurofibromatosis by organ systems. He begins with an extensive and thorough discussion of the skin changes of patients with neurofibromatosis, a chapter that provides a comprehensive review for the dermatologist. The ensuing chapters review other affected organs, eg, nervous system, eye, skeletal system, and psychiatric and emotional disturbances. The chapter about forms of neurofibromatosis that Dr Riccardi classifies as "non—von Recklinghausen [neurofibromatosis]" provides the reader with tremendous insight about neurofibromatosis 2 and rare variants that have received little attention in the literature.

The chapters are peppered with anecdotal cases, each with a teaching point. This case-oriented approach to education about neurofibromatosis is much more effective than merely enumerating facts and highlights

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