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October 1980

Skin-Irritant and Sensitizing Plants Found in India

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Highland Park, Ill

 

ed 2, by P. N. Behl, 186 pp, with illus, New Delhi, S Chard and Co Ltd, 1980.

Arch Dermatol. 1980;116(10):1202. doi:10.1001/archderm.1980.01640340112030

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Abstract

This edition was written for the practitioner and the dermatologist. It is a compilation of 270 plants and is illustrated with numerous sketches to help the practitioner identify the offending specimen. Each plant is listed by its botanical name, along with a brief bontanical description. The chemical constituents found in the specimens are discussed, and a description of the dermatoses they produce is given. The text outlines the mechanisms by which plants produce irritation.

There are numerous tables that are helpful to the reader, in that they outline offending plants encountered in various occupational sites such as gardens, kitchens, orchards, farms, nurseries, commercial plantations, pharmacies, and perfumeries.

The book is well indexed for both botanical and vernacular names and includes a short glossary of botanical terms for the practitioner who has little botanical training. This compilation of botanical and dermatologic information meets the working needs of the practitioner. The dermatologist

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