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March 1987

Clinics in Dermatology, vol 4: Unexpected Drug Reactions

Arch Dermatol. 1987;123(3):325. doi:10.1001/archderm.1987.01660270063013

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Unexpected Drug Reactions is the first issue of the fourth volume of Clinics in Dermatology. The book consists of 22 chapters written by 31 contributors. Topics covered include a history of drug reactions, drug reaction reporting systems, the immunology and pathology of cutaneous drug reactions, and cutaneous reactions in animals. Nine chapters are devoted to specific adverse drug reactions, including anaphylaxis, urticaria and vasculitis, systemic contact dermatitis, erythema multiforme, photosensitivity, drug reactions involving the mouth, porphyria, and pemphigus. Adverse reactions to penicillin, other antibiotics, radiographic contrast materials, corticosteroids, lithium, collagen implants, and isotretinoin are covered in separate chapters.

This volume is a good introduction to adverse drug reactions. What Unexpected Drug Reactions lacks, however, are depth and insight. Many of the chapters are short and perfunctorily written. A few of the chapters are poorly referenced. Many of the topics are covered better in other existing sources, for example, Richard DeSwarte's

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