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To the Editor.—
In a recent article in the Archives (96:62, 1967), Starke described a case of photoallergy which was ascribed in the title to sandalwood oil. However, one reading the article finds that the material in question was a mixture of dubious composition with no positive relation to sandalwood oil. This is most unfortunate because, in the minds of many who read only the title or an abstract, sandalwood oil is now associated with photoallergy.Just as a matter of background, by far the most important sandalwood oil is that distilled from an evergreen tree almost entirely confined to the forests of Mysore. This, the East Indian sandalwood oil, is the material normally meant when reference is made to sandalwood oil. It differs in chemical composition and odor from other so-called sandalwood oils which are derived from entirely different trees. Present specifications of the various pharmacopoeias make it
Parks TD. COMMENTS ON SANDALWOOD OIL PHOTOALLERGY. Arch Dermatol. 1968;97(1):100. doi:10.1001/archderm.1968.01610070106020