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February 1981

Immunopathology of the Skin

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(2):126. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650020068034

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This is the second edition of a text by the world's foremost authorities in immunofluorescence microscopy of the skin. The book is up-to-date in every section and presents the latest information. The chapters of the book are somewhat uneven in their writing, as is to be expected from a text by many authors.

Some chapters are not concise. For example, chapter 6 (on the nature of autoimmunity) is presented in a menadering form and is extraordinarily difficult to follow. New terminology is introduced but not well explained. A new unifying concept of autoimmunity may not be appropriate to this text and, if included, should be concise and easy to comprehend. In contrast, there is a concise, easily read section on antibody methods. The section on bullous diseases and connective-tissue diseases is also well written, understandable, and provides a good up-to-date review of immunofluorescence and immunopathologic findings in patients with those

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