by Bjorn Hausen, 189 pp, with illus, $40.75, New York, Walter De Gruyter & Co, 1981.
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For the dermatologist and physician treating occupational diseases, this small, compact manual is a valuable, easily readable, and stimulating source of useful information. Hausen writes clearly and authoritatively about the irritant properties of woods. The quinones and catechols are repeatedly shown to be the principal culprits in producing eruptions or irritations.
The chapters on mechanical, mucosal, contact urticaria, allergic contact dermatitis together with some of the newer immunologic studies found in patients irritated by woods and wood shavings, are beautifully supported by illustrations of the wood chemistries. The correct botanical and local trade names of each wood discussed gives the practitioner or student a feeling of order. From the detailed index of botanical, local standard, and trade names, one can easily find whatever information is needed. This is a remarkably well-written helpful book and is recommended for the library of the student and the practitioner interested in occupational diseases related
Slepyan AH. Woods Injurious to Human Health: A Manual. Arch Dermatol. 1982;118(12):1022. doi:10.1001/archderm.1982.01650240066027