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February 20, 1987

Contact Dermatitis

Author Affiliations

Georgetown University School of Medicine Washington, DC

Georgetown University School of Medicine Washington, DC


by Alexander A. Fisher, ed 3; 954 pp, $72.50, Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger, 1986.

JAMA. 1987;257(7):985. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390070105038

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John Stanbury wrote the book on metabolism, Robert Williams wrote the book on endocrinology, Goodman and Gilman wrote the book on pharmacology, and Alexander Fisher wrote the book on contact dermatitis.

This is the bible of contact dermatitis and should be owned by every dermatologist. Dr Fisher, who is now 82 years old, has studied contact dermatitis throughout his career. In his book, he answers the following questions: What's the most common cause of swollen eyelids in a woman? (contact dermatitis, often from fingernail polish, p 77). Which vitamin is most likely to cause contact dermatitis? (thiamine, p 55). What's the most common sensitizing topical antibiotic? (neomycin, p 195). What gloves protect people who are allergic to nickel? (vinyl, not rubber, p 260).

He presents a 67-page table of the common ingredients that cause contact dermatitis, where they are found, and their various cross reactants. He also includes the following