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This rather thorough book on contact dermatitis in India actually represents the collective efforts of 16 centers interested in contact dermatitis, representing almost all geographic areas of India. The participating dermatologists met in 1981 and subsequently established protocols for patch testing patients with suspected contact dermatitis caused by plants, vegetables and fruits, wearing apparel and jewelry, cosmetics, topical medications, and industrial agents. Patch test antigens in each category were prepared at a central location, and this report basically comprises the results of testing from 1981 through 1987. The concepts of contact dermatitis and the principles of patch testing are discussed in the preface, and an approach to treatment is outlined at the end. There are excellent color photographs throughout the text as well as tables that summarize the results of testing. Although the phrase "methodical and graphic" best describes Dr Pasricha's treatment of data, this compendium provides an extremely valuable
Daily A. Contact Dermatitis in India. Arch Dermatol. 1989;125(8):1149. doi:10.1001/archderm.1989.01670200125028