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April 1967

Pemphigus and Pemphigoid

Arch Dermatol. 1967;95(4):424. doi:10.1001/archderm.1967.01600340084020

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Walter F. Lever compiles in one source the many contributions he has made to the understanding of these blistering diseases. He discusses not only his own wide personal experience with these diseases but includes an extensive review of the literature. The clinical data, histologic alterations including electron microscopic changes, laboratory findings, differential diagnosis, and treatment of the various forms of pemphigus and pemphigoid are discussed in detail.

The text is clearly written and is easily understood. The author's classification of these bullous eruptions into specific categories on the basis of clinical and histologic changes seems to be sufficiently specific to permit the reader to define each of the entities without ambiguity. Not all dermatologists would agree that these diseases can be so precisely classified. I agree with Lever's concepts; however, I have encountered a few cases of these kinds of bullous eruptions that defy specific categorization by the clinical or

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