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In this brochure of eighty-nine pages this subject of ever-increasing importance is treated in a concise and masterly manner.
In the first part the definition of eczema is discussed, bringing out the many transitional and borderline forms, but showing that there are typical, clinical and histologic criteria. The author agrees with the point of view of Jadassohn and Bloch concerning the uselessness of attempting to continue to separate dermatitis venenata and eczema as two different disease entities.
The rôle of sensitization in the pathogenesis of these eruptions is discussed, and the different parts played by the nature and concentration of the substances, the manner of the contact and the constitution and state of the patient are briefly outlined. The relationship of asthma, urticaria, lichen simplex, prurigo and eczema, as well as the analogies to anaphylaxis, is touched on.
Therapy and prophylaxis are discussed in the practical part of the book.
Schriften aus dem Gesamtgebiet der Gewerbehygiene: Das Gewerbeekzem. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1931;23(4):822. doi:10.1001/archderm.1931.03880220228017
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