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Mayo Clinic Atlas of Immunofluorescence in Dermatology: Patterns and Target Antigens
By: Amer N Kalaaji

Price: $98.95 USD
Available from: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Andrew Bagg, MD
Division of Allergy and Immunology
University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa Florida

This Atlas reviews immunofluorescence patterns found in many dermatologic conditions. The direct and indirect immunofluorescence findings and the target antigens are summarized in bullet point format.

The purpose is to provide information to aid in the understanding of the patterns found in immunodermatology. It is designed to present the reader with a review of clinical dermatological diseases and a summary of immunofluorescence findings to facilitate learning and memory recall. It is a valuable resource for those preparing for boards and anyone interpreting immunofluorescence results.

The Atlas targets dermatologists, pathologists, residents, and fellows. It should be used by those preparing for boards and physicians who need to interpret immunofluorescence results to diagnose and treat patients.

The 75 pages cover the major diseases in immunodermatology. Particular attention is given to staining patterns with numerous color photographs on every other page. For each disease there are clinical and direct and indirect immunofluorescence findings and target antigens summarized in an easy-to-follow bullet point format.

The color photographs and informative summaries found in the Atlas provide the student with an understanding of dermatologic immunofluorescence. This book is an excellent resource for review and a convenient visual guide for diseases in immunodermatology.