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September 1983

Progress in Diseases of the Skin

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Salt Lake City

Arch Dermatol. 1983;119(9):790. doi:10.1001/archderm.1983.01650330082020

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This is the first volume of a compendium by many authors that reviews the progress that has been made in understanding the structure and function of the skin, as well as mechanisms that lead to diseases in the skin. In this volume, Dr Fleischmajer has coalesced 12 chapters, each of which reviews developments in 12 areas of current interest. All authors have hands-on experience in the areas of their subject matter. This clearly increases the value of this book.

Four chapters deal with cellular and structural components of the skin—(1) disorders of keratinization, (2) Langerhan's giant cell structure and function, (3) collagen, structure, function, and pathology, and (4) the dermoepidermal junction. Five chapters discuss inflammatory processes and the skin—(1) prostaglandins, (2) lysosomes, (3) immunocomplexes, (4) lymphokines, and (5) cutaneous vasculitis. An intriguing and speculative chapter is offered by Dr Edelson et al, on the interaction of T lymphocytes with the

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