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November 1992

Immunological and Pharmacological Aspects of Atopic and Contact Eczema

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Stony Brook, NY

Arch Dermatol. 1992;128(11):1561. doi:10.1001/archderm.1992.01680210141031

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This book represents the proceedings of the ninth Centre International de Recherches Dermatologiques Galderma Symposium on advances in skin pharmacology held in Cannes, France, in October 1990. The volume is a collection of short articles that supply an overview of each author's most recent contributions. Most of the articles were both enlightening and very readable.

Many articles provided lucid and up-to-date minireviews. Contributions deserving specific mention include those by Georg Stingl on immune functions of skin cells, Thomas Kupper on epidermal cytokines, Paul Bergstresser on allergic contact dermatitis, and Kevin Cooper on pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis. In general, the quality of the writing exceeded that of most review articles.

One strength of the conference was the diversity of approaches represented. Immunologists have classically thought of allergic contact dermatitis as an interaction of T cells and antigen-presenting cells. This limited view was challenged by an excellent discussion of the role of

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