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The discipline of allergy and clinical immunology crosses through many and varied areas of medicine. As a formal specialty it ranges from classical atopy to such diverse topics as autoimmune disease, connective tissue disease, and facets of malignant and infectious processes. While the immense scope of this field usually limits an individual's clinical competence to selected aspects, (eg, allergist, rheumatologist), this book provides a uniformity of approach from the standpoint of basic pathogenesis. Understanding and application of these immunological principles provides practical clinical ramifications and a degree of unity to this seemingly diverse body of knowledge.
This is the second edition of Immunological Diseases. The format of the first edition has been retained, with a section editor for each of the five basic sections: "Basic Immunology," "Non-atopic Immunological Disorders," "The Atopic Diseases," "Allergic Reaction Patterns of the Skin," and "Diseases with Immunological Features." Individual chapters in each section have been