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August 1986

Essentials of Industrial Dermatology

Arch Dermatol. 1986;122(8):946-947. doi:10.1001/archderm.1986.01660200120031

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This is a short book, "intended to meet the needs of the factory medical officer with no specialized knowledge of dermatology," and to "provide those in formal dermatological training with a useful introduction to the subject." It consists of 13 chapters written by ten contributors who are all from the United Kingdom. The first chapter covers descriptive epidemiology, regulations of work-related illness, and rights and benefits of sick workers in the United Kingdom. The investigation and prevention of industrial dermatitis are discussed in chapters 2 and 3; constitutional skin disease and errors in diagnosis are discussed in chapters 4 and 5. The remaining chapters cover specific industrial skin diseases, protective gloves and barrier creams, causes of persistence of industrial dermatitis, and principles of dermatitis litigation. The book contains no photographs or illustrations.

Three chapters are especially informative and well written: the chapter written by D. Burrows on prevention of industrial

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