May 1976

Sarcoidosis: A Clinical Approach

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Washington, DC


by Om P. Sharma, 228 pp, $17.50, Charles C Thomas Publisher, 1975.

Arch Intern Med. 1976;136(5):626. doi:10.1001/archinte.1976.03630050100020

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Sarcoidosis lives! On the basis of an extensive personal experience with more than 600 cases of sarcoidosis in New York, London, and Los Angeles, Dr Sharma has succeeded in producing a concise and lucid monograph that serves to "introduce sarcoidosis to the student of medicine, general physicians, and practitioners of other disciplines." A wide variety of clinical features and differential diagnostic points are summarized in 12 succinct tables. Roentgenograms (32 of the chest, 13 skeletal, 3 miscellaneous) are reproduced with detail and clarity. Both color plates (15) and black-and-white photographs illustrate cutaneous (28), ocular (four), joint (three), and other extrathoracic manifestations. Histopathologic sections demonstrate the spectrum of granulomas in addition to Schaumann bodies and asteroids. The book is organized in the traditional manner of system review, interspersed with 11 personal case reports. The subject index is easy to follow, except for the minor annoyance of an unnecessary subheading entitled "sarcoidosis."

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