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December 1976

Patch Testing

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San Mateo, Calif

Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(12):1805-1806. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630370075026

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Patch Testing Guidelines, by K. E. Malten, W. G. van Ketel, and J. P. Nater, 135 pp, Assen, The Netherlands, Royal Vangorcum Ltd, 1976.  These two pocket-size manuals on patch testing fill a real need, and, while both are inexpensive and packed with useful information, they differ substantially.The Fregert and Bandmann Patch Testing booklet should be read by every practicing dermatologist, as well as those in training. The basic techniques of testing and patch test interpretation—which unfortunately are poorly understood by many dermatologists—are covered clearly and in detail. The major sensitizers are discussed in a succinct chapter, and the more common sources of exposure for each chemical given. A unique and valuable chapter provides a listing of available, suitably diluted patch test substances and where they may be obtained! I was unable to find any important errors in this book, and my only criticism is that of an ambiguity

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