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February 24, 1989

Skin Signs in AIDS: Textbook of AIDS/HIV Infection—Related Dermatology

JAMA. 1989;261(8):1209-1210. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420080133048

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Our understanding of the pathogenesis of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and its broad range of manifestations, the newest yet most dangerous epidemic disorder plaguing mankind, is still evolving. Among the numerous specific and secondary symptoms of the disease, dermatologic manifestations stand high on the list and can alert the clinician to the proper diagnosis. Although these symptoms are readily recognized by dermatologists, physicians in other disciplines may overlook some of the more subtle cutaneous changes.

In this book, Drs Weismann et al provide the reader with a brief atlas of the specific as well as nonspecific cutaneous findings in patients with AIDS and AIDS-related complex. There are two introductory chapters defining AIDS and AIDS-related complex, as well as human immunodeficiency virus—related skin disease, a useful background for the subject matter in ensuing chapters.

The remainder of the book contains short chapters with brief descriptions of the various types of