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January 1970

Occupational Contact Dermatitis

Arch Dermatol. 1970;101(1):129. doi:10.1001/archderm.1970.04000010131038

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There is a general consensus that, in any given year, skin disease is by far the most common occupational disease in the United States and that close to 1 million workers are victims of industrial dermatitis. Dr. Adams' text, Occupational Contact Dermatitis, should prove to be a most valuable aid in the management of this large number of patients by providing the most up-to-date information concerning industrial contactants.

Dr. Adams stresses the fact that the physician treating occupational dermatoses may have to visit industrial plants and study the workers' environment in order to successfully manage the dermatitis. Such "first-hand" information is particularly valuable in the prevention of industrial dermatitis and in rehabilitation of the worker.

The text reemphasizes the importance of the patch test in differentiating primary irritants from allergic sensitizers and occupational dermatitis from other dermatoses. Particularly valuable are those chapters listing the ingredients of many industrial products which

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