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October 1993

Clinical Management of Urticaria and Anaphylaxis

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Cambridge, England

Arch Dermatol. 1993;129(10):1356. doi:10.1001/archderm.1993.01680310128032

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Is there a place for a book on urticaria when so often the etiology remains obscure and the treatment is with antihistamines, whatever the diagnosis? Undoubtedly, a book like this goes a long way toward refuting this negative approach to a subject that is advancing quite rapidly. Each of the 50 or more clinical entities, which present to so many medical disciplines, has its own important subtle nuances of etiology, prognosis, and management. This book is part of a series on allergy management and is written mainly by allergists and basic scientists from North America; dermatologists are notable for their absence. However, it is refreshing to see how well the views of allergists and dermatologists are in accord, and dermatologists will find this book both informative and useful.

Everyone is now agreed that there is much more to urticaria than a simple IgE mechanism and an exogenous allergen. The whole

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