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November 1991

Dermatological Preparations for the Tropics: A Formulary of Dermatological Preparations

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Galveston, Tex

Arch Dermatol. 1991;127(11):1744. doi:10.1001/archderm.1991.01680100148037

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Dermatological Preparations for the Tropics is the work of two pharmacists, a microbiologist, and a dermatologist. This short book is primarily for the preparation of simple, topical medications. As stated by the authors, their goal is to "stimulate pharmacists, doctors, and other health care workers to develop local production" suitable for dermatology in tropical Third World countries.

The book begins with step-by-step instructions for making 40 different preparations such as basic cream, calamine lotion, and zinc paste. Each therapeutic is discussed regarding its formulation (preparation, packaging, and storage) and its therapy (dose, instructions, precautions, and side effects). Useful "pearls" are included on recommended substitutions, storage hints, and treatment approaches. The 40 preparations have been well chosen to provide a practical and versatile medical armamentarium.

Following the formulary are several supplementary chapters with pertinent information on drug selection, composition, and stability. Ample references are provided for each of these chapters.


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