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The first part of this particular volume in the Clinics in Dermatology series covers the basic science of the mucous membranes. The chapter on microbial colonization is recommended to younger dermatologists, particularly those preparing for their board examinations. Several chapters written by nondermatologists are interesting because of the different perspectives provided. Even though some of these conditions are not primarily within the realm of the dermatologist, dermatologists should be familiar with diseases of mucous membranes and should consider them in the differential diagnosis. I thought that the chapters on diseases of the mucous membrane in children and the mucous membranes in systemic diseases were exceptionally good.
Although most of us do not have many domestic animals in our practices, the section on diseases of the mucous membrane in animals was very interesting to me. It was quite revealing to learn that some animals have porphyria, and that certain infections that