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September 1990

Occupational Skin Disease

Author Affiliations

Boston, Mass


ed 2, edited by Robert M. Adams, 728 pp, with 193 illus, $110, Philadelphia, Pa: WB Saunders Co; 1990.

Arch Dermatol. 1990;126(9):1247. doi:10.1001/archderm.1990.01670330127032

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The second edition of Occupational Skin Disease, by Robert M. Adams, is bigger and better than the first edition. The first edition contained 20 chapters by four contributors and had 477 pages. The new edition contains 32 chapters by 45 contributors and has 691 pages. The original chapters have been significantly updated and revised. The new chapters include chapters on systemic toxic reactions from percutaneous absorption, connective tissue disorders, contact urticaria, the role of atrophy in occupational skin disease, the use of computers in the work place, cosmetics, adhesives, and the potential for cutaneous illnesses in the semiconductor industry.

As with all multiauthored books, some variability in the quality of the chapters is present. The quality of almost all of the chapters, however, ranges from good to excellent. I found many of the chapters especially informative and well written. The chapter on physical causes of occupational skin disease, for example,

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