This monograph is in effect a second edition of Dr. Lever's book on the same subject written in 1953, 12 years ago. In the introduction the author outlines his reasons for the second monograph and his aims and objectives. Though no fundamental discoveries have been forthcoming, the importance of acantholysis in diagnosis and steroid hormones in treatment present the principal areas of progress.
The monograph is divided into ten chapters including historical, clinical, histologic, electron microscopic, and conventional pathological findings. Biochemical changes both in blood and urine, as well as blister fluid, are described. The theories of etiology constitute one chapter and the final chapter is devoted to therapy.
The book is well illustrated with black and white photographs which are almost all of very extreme cases, (possibly leading the uninitiated to fail to appreciate less destructive types of disease). The bibliography numbers 492 entries. Both an author and a