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December 1987

A Guide to Drug Eruptions: The File of Side Effects to the Skin, ed 4

Arch Dermatol. 1987;123(12):1721. doi:10.1001/archderm.1987.01660360187034

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This is a fourth edition of this well-known compendium of adverse cutaneous reactions to drugs. The book consists of brief chapters that describe the common patterns of adverse cutaneous reactions to drugs, and those drugs that are most commonly associated with each reaction pattern. Topics covered include acneiform eruptions, alopecia, pigmentary disorders, exanthems, exfoliative erythroderma, urticaria, eczema, photosensitivity, lupus, vascular reactions, porphyrias, lichenoid eruptions, bullous eruptions, and pruritus.

The book also contains a list of several hundred drugs. For each drug, information is provided about how commonly the drug is associated with urticaria or a morbiliform drug exanthem. A list of less commonly reported adverse cutaneous reactions is also provided for each drug. For each uncommon reaction, a reference is provided.

This book is well written and extremely well referenced. The amount of useful information that is contained in this short (124 pages) volume is phenomenal. I would recommend that

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