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May 1993

Contact and Occupational Dermatology

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Boston, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1993;129(5):660. doi:10.1001/archderm.1993.01680260136028

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Contact and Occupational Dermatology is a short book that summarizes available knowledge on contact and occupational dermatoses. The book has a unique format in that book sections are written in an outline format that is designed to facilitate rapid retrieval of useful information. The book begins with a description of evaluating patients with suspected contact or occupational dermatoses including the history, physical examination, and diagnostic tests, including patch tests. Following this introductory section, individual allergens are discussed. The allergens are grouped in somewhat logical groups that include standard allergens, preservatives and vehicles, cosmetics and fragrances, medicaments, photoallergens, plants, and miscellaneous allergens. This grouping leads to a little bit of confusion. For example, neomycin cannot be found as an allergen in the antimicrobial section under medicaments but is, instead, located in the section of standard allergens.

This book is a valuable addition to the available books on contact dermatitis and occupational

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