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April 1981

Immunologic Diseases of the Mucous Membranes: Pathology, Diagnosis and Treatment

Arch Ophthalmol. 1981;99(4):703. doi:10.1001/archopht.1981.03930010703028

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This book is the product of a unique symposium on the immunology of mucous membranes, which convened at Lake Tahoe, Nev, in September 1979 under the sponsorship of the Alta California Eye Research Foundation. In essence, it is a collection of 18 well-written and well-referenced articles that bring the reader up to date on this important continuing frontier in ocular immunology.

As one would expect from a text authored for the most part by ophthalmologists, the mucosal surface that receives the most attention is the conjunctiva. One major objective of this symposium was to get input from other specialties on the immunology of mucous membranes. For example, Daniels' article concerning bullous diseases of the mouth complements the conjunctival-oriented papers of Friedlaender, Franklin, and Rice to put cicatricial pemphigoid into total perspective.

Four of the papers address themselves to specific aspects of microbial—mucous membrane relationships. The contributors, Caldwell, Oh, O'Connor, and

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