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Book and New Media Reviews
January 2000

Atlas of Contact Dermatitis

Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(1):134. doi:

This ambitious atlas suffers most because it never quite defines its audience. Its authors are European and American. The book's sections appear to have been written by individual authors (although not acknowledged), which gives them a heterogeneous quality and frequent redundancy.

Contact dermatitis is a vast subject and has been more elaborately studied outside the United States. Opinions on causation, nomenclature, and diagnostic methods vary widely. American readers of this atlas will wonder at such things as the connection made between Pityrosporum ovale and atopic dermatitis; they will be surprised by one diagnosis being labeled dermatitis plantaris sicca, forefoot dermatitis, and juvenile plantar dermatosis at different spots in the text; they will not recognize many noninternational cosmetic index (INCI) names or European drugs; and they will be baffled by the attention paid to prick testing and contact urticaria in a volume devoted to contact dermatitis.