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Book and New Media Reviews
July 2001

Drug Eruption Reference Manual 2000: Millennium Edition

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by Jerome Z. Litt, MD, 662 pp, with 48 illus, $149, ISBN 1-85070-788-X, New York, NY, Parthenon Publishing Group Inc, 2000.

Arch Dermatol. 2001;137(7):975-976. doi:

In this new millennium seventh edition, Professor Litt has updated his state-of-the-art annual compendium of drug eruptions that catalogs the cutaneous adverse effects of most drugs. There are separate chapters containing alphabetical lists of generic names, trade names, drug classes, categories of drug eruptions, reaction patterns, and the drugs most commonly responsible.

New features in the year 2000 edition include more than 70 new drugs. The bulk of the book is a listing of over 700 generic drugs and 4200 trade name drugs with their adverse reactions and 16 000 references. There is a new but relatively brief section on herbals, botanicals, and supplements. Drugs are named by brand and generic names, and there is a listing of worldwide trade names of drugs. Some sense of the incidence and prevalence of a particular reaction to a particular drug can be gleaned from the number of referenced reports listed under a particular drug reaction, but there is little available numerical incidence data on particular types of reactions to particular drugs. Also some notation of whether a referenced observation was or was not confirmed by rechallenge would be useful.

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