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May 1987

Contact Dermatitis

Arch Dermatol. 1987;123(5):670-671. doi:10.1001/archderm.1987.01660290142034

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Contact Dermatitis, by Alexander A. Fisher, is a widely used and highly valued book. The third edition of this book is larger, longer, and even better than the previous editions. The latest edition has been expanded to 850 pages (from 351 pages in the second edition) and includes 45 chapters written by 15 contributors. The expanded format and a large and logically arranged index make it easy to find desired subjects. Unlike the previous edition, the book contains no photographs and few illustrations. The new appendix lists over 1000 allergens, their patch-test concentrations, where they are found, and significant cross-reactions.

Four chapters with new material have been added. There is a well-written chapter on the pathophysiology of allergic contact hypersensitivity written by Rudolf Baer. Francis Marzulli and Howard Maibach have contributed an interesting and informative chapter on predictive testing in humans for contact allergy. There are also brief chapters on

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