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November 1991

Immunologic Diseases of the Skin

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Boston, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1991;127(11):1746. doi:10.1001/archderm.1991.01680100150043

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Immunologic Diseases of the Skin is an impressive, multiauthored book designed to provide a reference source for skin diseases with well-established immunologic mechanisms. The book consists of 52 chapters written by 81 contributors. The book is divided into two parts. The first is a brief attempt at educating the reader about basic immunology. The second part, the "real meat" of this book, is a larger section devoted to immunologic cutaneous diseases. The diseases included are immunodeficiency disorders, cutaneous allergies, bullous diseases, autoimmune diseases, vasculitis, adverse drug reactions, cutaneous malignancies (melanoma and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma), a few infectious disorders, and chapters on psoriasis and lichen planus.

Part 2 contains the chapters that give this book its value. In this part, diseases in which there are experimental data or clinical observations that suggest immunologic mechanisms are presented. The chapters are almost all uniformly well written, thorough, and well referenced. Some of the chapters

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