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June 17, 1974

Uveitis: Immunologic and Allergic Phenomena

Author Affiliations

The Medical College of Wisconsin Milwaukee

JAMA. 1974;228(12):1592. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230370074039

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This book is a translation of the Annual Report of La Société Française d'Ophthalmologie of May 1970. The original report was a collaboration of nine French authors and represents basic knowledge of immunologic phenomena and uveitis current at that time.

The book has five parts. Part 1, "Immunopathology of the Uvea," describes the reaction of the host to antigenic aggression. Guidelines of hypersensitivity states are established, as is the process of autoimmunity. Since most uveitides are believed to have some dependence on hypersensitivity, these principles seem a basis for discussion of specific disease states throughout the book.

Part 2, "Clinical and Anatomopathological Studies of Uveitis," discusses techniques of examination and clinical findings in uveitis. The third part, "Elements of Etiologic Diagnosis," describes in detail the work-up of a patient with uveitis. Here, as elsewhere, the authors emphasize that treatment of uveitis is most effective if the causative disease process is