edited by Jo-David Fine, 218 pp, with color and black-and-white illus, $87, New York, NY, Igaku-Shoin Medical Publishers Inc, 1993.
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Bullous Diseases is a multiauthored book that is focused on blistering skin diseases. This book describes the immunologically mediated and inherited mechanobullous diseases and the metabolic causes of blisters. It begins with a general discussion of the use of laboratory methods available to characterize bullous diseases, which is, in essence, a summary of the highlights of the laboratory studies discussed in subsequent chapters. This redundancy is acceptable because it previews the reader to subsequent material and compares and contrasts immunobullous diseases. This important chapter would have been well amplified by addressing distinctive clinical features of bullous diseases to blend with the discussion of laboratory techniques. This chapter is the most practical one in this book, having the most clinical applicability in how to interpret laboratory tests.
The editor has assembled a distinguished list of contributors who do a laudable job in reviewing their respective bullous diseases. This book does not suffer from redundancies or being too fragmented, as do some multiauthored texts. Such in-depth reviews include clinical and epidemiologic data
Gaspari AA. Bullous Diseases. Arch Dermatol. 1993;129(7):924. doi:10.1001/archderm.1993.01680280114036