Inflammatory Diseases of the Conjunctiva PDF

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Preface

The conjunctiva, the eye’s mechanical and immunological “sentry tissue,” is the site of highly varied inflammatory conditions, of both a chronic and acute nature. For this reason alone it fully warrants an entire book. As all types of immune reaction can occur in the conjunctiva, the first chapter recalls the anatomical, physiological, immunological, and functional bases required to understand the different inflammatory situations. Each chapter examines the main relevant disorders, but the authors are fully aware that the list is far from exhaustive. The bulk of the book is devoted to chronic conjunctivitis because its differential diagnosis and treatment are often more problematical.
Immunology—like molecular and cellular biology, to which it is intricately related—is constantly and rapidly evolving, and important new data are being published weekly. This is why the contributors have a certain feeling of frustration on delivering their final drafts for publication. Indeed, they are fully aware that, more than in any other scientific field, today’s immunological truths may tomorrow appear simplistic—or simply wrong. They therefore request their readers’ indulgence: this book should be seen as a “snapshot” of current knowledge and hypotheses, although we hope it will remain a reliable source of fundamental information and practical solutions for years to come.
As coordinator and editor, I wish to dedicate this work to Professor Yves Pouliquen of Hotel-Dieu Hospital in Paris, and to Professor Stephen Foster of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, who encouraged me to specialize in inflammatory conditions of the eye.
This work would not have been possible without the precious help of the different contributors, and particularly Professor Christophe Baudouin and Professor Catherine Creuzot- Garcher.


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