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March 1991

Essential Aspects of Atopic Dermatitis

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Boston, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1991;127(3):434. doi:10.1001/archderm.1991.01680030160034

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Georg Rajka has written a comprehensive book entitled Essential Aspects of Atopic Dermatitis. The book fills a current void of up-to-date references on the topic. The chapters are well delineated in outline format. The text is extensively referenced and the figures often illustrate important findings. The summary tables are particularly useful. In addition, the use of color photographs illustrating the clinical findings of atopic dermatitis makes this book especially instructive.

Rajka presents a historical perspective of research in atopic dermatitis and then discusses the clinical aspects of the disease. In the chapter on clinical aspects, the author presents not only his wealth of experience but also assembles all available information on the prevalence, distribution, course, phases, and prognosis of this disease. His discussion of basic clinical features is concise and useful for all who see patients. I found his chapter on the "itch" to be well written and informative. He

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