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October 1985

Dermatologic Immunology and Allergy

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San Diego

edited by Julius Stone, 996 pp, 403 illus, St Louis, CV Mosby Co, 1985.

Arch Dermatol. 1985;121(10):1341. doi:10.1001/archderm.1985.01660100121037

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The topic of this book, immunodermatology, is one of the most rapidly expanding areas in dermatology. The book is divided into two parts. The first part (22 chapters) deals with modern theory of immunology and allergy, while the second part (43 chapters) is on the application of modern theory of immunology and allergy to clinical dermatology. This division is a logical one, since the former provides a background for the latter.

The particular strength of this book is in the first part, in which the basic concepts of general immunology and those immunologic concepts pertaining to dermatology are discussed in detail. Chapters on the thymus, the complement system, HLA, arachidonic acid, the psychiatric aspect of immunology, and dermal extracellular matrix are included. Overall, the chapters in this section are comprehensive, up to date, and well written. Two of the chapters, "Origins of the Immune Response" and "The Mast Cell and

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