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August 1986

Systemic Sclerosis (Scleroderma)

Arch Dermatol. 1986;122(8):949. doi:10.1001/archderm.1986.01660200123037

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This book is based on the proceedings of the International Conference on Scleroderma held in Austin, Tex in 1981. The coverage is encyclopedic, ranging from history to animal models, epidemiology to therapy. The individual chapters are in brief report format with useful references. Several sections are headed by introductory notes from leaders in the field and serve as valuable guidelines.

The chapters are basically abstracts, and they are noteworthy for their brevity or conciseness in presentation; readers should not expect to find in-depth discussions. This, however, does not detract from the value of this book. Clinicians can get some flavors of current (up to 1981) advances in scleroderma research in a time-effective manner. Researchers might find the treatment of their favorite topics less than desirable, but they can get valuable information in parallel fields. The editors should be commended for organizing diverse conference abstracts into a coherent presentation of scleroderma research.

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