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June 1985

Occupational Skin Disease

Arch Dermatol. 1985;121(6):808-809. doi:10.1001/archderm.1985.01660060122038

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Although diseases of the skin have featured prominently in every scholarly treatise concerned with occupational illness since the writings of Paracelsus (1493 to 1541), Agricola (1494 to 1555), and Ramazzini (1633 to 1714), a compendium on this subject was not written until 1915. It is of interest that only one reference work at a time has been in print for each generation of students, teachers, and medical practitioners during this century. The "Promethean" contribution of R. Prosser White, entitled The Dermatergoses or Occupational Affections of the Skin was published in four editions (HK Lewis, 1915, 1920, 1928, 1934), followed by the remarkably comprehensive volume of Schwartz and Tulipan (and Birmingham in the third edition), Occupational Diseases of the Skin (Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger, 1939, 1947, 1957). In contrast, Robert Adams' book, published in 1969, Occupational Contact Dermatitis (Lea & Febiger, was limited in scope intentionally, but it clearly served as

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