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December 1984

Proceedings of the Scleroderma Symposium

Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(12):1622. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650480084025

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This book, distributed free of charge by Smith, Kline, and French Laboratories, relates the proceedings of a symposium held in May of 1983, which had as its purpose the discussion of the current state of research in scleroderma by a number of basic scientists and clinicians. Translating the presentations of such a meeting to written form is a challenge, one which is met with varying degrees of success in this account. The text is divided into sections concerning the basic biology of the connective tissues; the etiology, genetics, and environmental aspects of this disorder; two sections on pathogenesis; and a final section reviewing current approaches to therapy. Many of the accounts, particularly in the first three sections, are sparse. However, a number of fascinating points are made, particularly in the discussions of animal models and a disorder known as submucous fibrosis.

The most valuable sections of this book deal with

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