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May 1994

Connective Tissue Diseases of the Skin

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Boston, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1994;130(5):670. doi:10.1001/archderm.1994.01690050140032

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Do not be misled by the title of this book. Connective Tissue Diseases of the Skin is truly about connective tissue diseases of the skin. The book includes 26 chapters by 35 contributors. Covered topics include the major components of the connective tissues of the dermis (eg, collagen, proteoglycans, and elastic fibers), the basement membrane, connective tissue stromal cells, and mechanical properties of the dermis. Covered diseases include the real connective tissue disorders (eg, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, cutis laxa, Marfan syndrome, and osteogenesis imperfecta). Junctional and dermal bullous diseases, sclerosing disorders, artificial skin, and pharmacologic agents affecting connective tissues are also discussed.

The chapters are uniformly well written and informative. As much as possible for a book, the material is up-to-date. There is an interesting chapter on mechanical properties of the dermis that is laced with intelligence and humor. For example, the chapter begins ''The word skin is a deceptively simple

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