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April 1976

Atopic Dermatitis (Major Problems in Dermatology)

Author Affiliations

Daly City, Calif


ed 1, vol 3; by Georg Rajka, $22.50, 165 pp, with illus, WB Saunders Co, 1975.

Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(4):573. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630280083049

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Professor Rajka has written the first up-to-date and most complete text published on atopic dermatitis since the original works of Sulzburger. The book starts with morphologic considerations, then leads the reader to geographic and chronologic descriptions of the disease as it progresses. The author's major theme is that pruritus is the hallmark of the disease, and he presents his personal concepts of how allergic, nonallergic, psychogenic, tactile, irritant, and environmental influences interreact to produce the condition we know as atopic dermatitis. He carefully examines and comments on recent innovations in the search for pathogenic factors of atopic dermatitis, and is current in his discussions of IgE, and the relationship of delayed hypersensitivity to the disease. Hyposensitization in the disease and possible associations with other systemic diseases are discussed. Finally, the prophylaxis and treatment of this condition is described in an excellent, nonspecific, but comprehensive manner. This book should be read

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