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April 1980

Investigative Techniques in Dermatology

Arch Dermatol. 1980;116(4):486-487. doi:10.1001/archderm.1980.01640280122039

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This book is based on a series of meetings held in Cardiff, Great Britain, in 1975 and 1977. The object of the book is "helping practicing dermatologists to solve clinical problems especially by using simple office techniques." With this in mind, most of the book's 19 chapters do, in fact, lead to such helpful hints, either in direct practice or in ordering various laboratory, microbiological, or histological techniques. All of the authors are European and most are English.

Subjects range from a short, much needed, discussion of the design and conduct of dermatologic clinical trials to discussions on the investigation of skin collagen, glucosaminoglycans, porphyria, skin lipids, and skin fibrinolytic activity.

There are four chapters on immunology that cover patch tests, lymphocyte function, complement, and immune complexes. Up-to-date and useful chapters outlining the use and abuse of transmission and scanning electron microscopy are included along with detailed discussions of cell

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