As Dr. Dubois states, systemic lupus erythematosus has replaced syphilis as the great imitator. A comprehensive treatise has long been necessary, and Dubois has provided it. The book is based on a review of over 1,500 references, not the least of which are Dubois' own 520 cases which provided material for almost 50 articles. Thirteen experts were enlisted to write chapters on their specialized interests, but most of the volume is Dubois' own contribution. The tone is predominantly clinical; subcellular theories, as those of Weissmann and Thomas, and of Gerber, are mentioned but not elaborated.
Among the admirable features of this volume is its completeness. Nothing that has ever been written about lupus erythematosus seems to have escaped Dubois' attention. An initial chapter on historical background, by Talbott, is eminently readable. The editor is not served as well by some of his other contributors; too often, the chapters read as