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November 1984

Occupational Contact Dermatitis: Clinical and Chemical Aspects

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by Jean Foussereau, Claude Benezra, and Howard Maibach, Munksgaard, Copenhagen, 1982.

Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(11):1527. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650470133032

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In contrast to the above text, which deals with the methodology of predictive skin testing in general contact dermatitis, this book presents the practical clinical and diagnostic aspects of occupational contact dermatitis. It is written by authors with a wealth of knowledge in the field for those readers who are truly interested and serious about investigations into various aspects of contact dermatitis.

The text's greatest asset lies in its clear presentation of processes and of structural formulas of numerous chemicals, including dyes and plastics, used in an occupational setting. A large part of the book includes short chapters on a number of occupations, including in most chapters useful tables of common allergens with appropriate patch test concentrations. Allergens found in an industrial exposure are stressed, whereas the irritant nature of certain chemical exposures is not well emphasized. This tends to weaken the text as a general reference in occupational

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