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October 28, 1974

Lupus Erythematosus: A Review of the Current Status of Discoid and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Their Variants

Author Affiliations

University of Kentucky College of Medicine Lexington

JAMA. 1974;230(4):615. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240040081053

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This textbook, edited and to a considerable extent written by Dubois, has become the standard reference on lupus erythematosus. The new second edition represents an unusual publishing mechanism: in order to cut costs the 1965 text was reproduced almost totally, and only a few chapters were revised or added. However, most chapters from the old text were expanded by addenda commenting on the changes that have occurred in the nine years intervening since the first edition. This mechanism proves to be quite effective. The supplements and new material have swollen the book to 6 lb and from 479 to 800 pages. Particularly outstanding was the addendum by Quismorio and Friou on new immunological developments.

The references are extensive. An excellent index improves the value of this book and helps to make it the standard source of detailed information about that complex and fascinating disease, lupus erythematosus.