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August 1986

Plant Contact Dermatitis

Author Affiliations

Vancouver, British Columbia


by Claude Benezra, George Ducombs, Yves Sell, et al, 351 pp, with illus, Toronto, BC Decker Inc, 1985

Arch Dermatol. 1986;122(8):947. doi:10.1001/archderm.1986.01660200121032

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A biochemist, two dermatologists, and a botanist provide a practical book to enable physicians to diagnose, understand, prevent, and treat plant dermatitis. The book is organized in a practical way. Each injurious plant, or group of plants is illustrated, and botanical and colloquial names are given, along with their usual location. The chemical structure of the responsible agent is shown, and some clinical features of the resulting contact dermatitis are given. Instructions for patch testing for allergies to plants are provided with emphasis on allergic contact dermatitis; many irritant or phototoxic plants are also considered. Plant dermatitis occurs principally among horticulturists, agriculturists, forest and nursery workers, Sunday walkers, household personnel, cooks, and workers in food, wood, and perfume industries.

Photographs of injurious plants and woods are provided, but it is important for the dermatologist to obtain identification of suspect plants by a botanist, rather than referring to a book for

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