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This book attempts to summarize all the aspects of urticaria and angioedema in a concise and readable fashion. This is a difficult task, as there are multiple causes of hives, swelling, and many operative biochemical mechanisms, yet the causes and pathogenesis for many common types remain uncertain. The book is an expansion of a symposium on urticaria, and it includes chapters that serve as brief reviews with others that present original data. Most aspects of hives are included, the bibliography is extensive and up-to-date, the figures are clear, and it is easy to read. Strong points of this book include brief summaries of virtually all inflammatory pathways that might contribute to urticaria (or angioedema). There are 28 chapters, to which a large number of authors have contributed. Because of its diversity, some portions of the clinical sections lack sufficient discussion to unify various concepts, or to allow the reader to discern what is generally accepted from