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May 1971

Human Poisoning From Native and Cultivated Plants

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Miami, Fla

Arch Dermatol. 1971;103(5):571. doi:10.1001/archderm.1971.04000170105039

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The authors have produced in their field of interest a useful compendium for the rapidly developing "poison centers." I found the description of familiar plants adequate and useful for confirmation. Descriptions of those with which I am not familiar would be aided with the plant in hand or prove more useful for a physician with a botanical background.

Of 148 pages, 124 are related to plants, all or parts of which are reported to be poisonous on ingestion. Of the remaining 24 pages only 12 are concerned with dermatitis which, I am sure, is more common though less serious than the episodes of systemic poisoning. The report gives little attention to primary irritants, does not clearly define acquired contact sensitivity, and gives only a short list of plants reported to cause photocontact dermatitis.

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