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January 1986

Kaposi's Sarcoma

Arch Dermatol. 1986;122(1):108. doi:10.1001/archderm.1986.01660130112041

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Kaposi's sarcoma is a topic of current interest and is the subject of several recently published books. This book, edited by Decio Cerimele, MD, contains the proceedings of a conference held in Sassari and Alghero, Italy, June 9 to 11, 1983. The major emphasis is on the classic Mediterranean variant of Kaposi's sarcoma. The majority of the authors are from Italy (35 of 39); the remainder are from the United States. The text can be read in several hours.

There are two chapters about viral etiology, both of which concentrate on the role of cytomegalovirus. Drs Giraldo and Beth provide a well-referenced overview of this topic; the section by Mura and co-workers is not nearly of this quality and adds little information. Two chapters about the epidemiology of Kaposi's sarcoma in Sardinia provide a good discussion of the geographic distribution, age, sex, and genetic variables of the disease. A section

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