February 1968

Scleroderma and Pseudo-Scleroderma.

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By Stefania Jablonska. Price, $7. Pp 331, with 161 illustrations. Department of Commerce, Clearinghouse for federal scientific and technical information, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1965.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;121(2):201. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.03640020089032

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This book appeared in Poland in 1963 and was translated for the National Library of Medicine in 1965. It is unlike most American textbooks, particularly as it takes an editorial stance and evaluates data from this perspective. The author favors the neurogenic theory, which is at variance with most American opinions. She is aware of the other etiologic hypotheses but dismisses them in favor of her own candidate.

There is as much evidence against as there is for most hypotheses, and this holds true for the author's concept as well, though one would never guess it from this volume. The clinical manifestations of progressive systemic sclerosis (a term the author does not like), as well as histopathology and roentgenography, are well covered. By pseudoscleroderma, the author means syndromes that may be confused with scleroderma. This designation includes various skin diseases (including morphea), as well as rheumatoid arthritis, dermatomyositis, endocrine disorders,

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