Botanical Dermatology. Plants and Plant Products Injurious to the Skin. By Mitchell John Rock Arthur. pages. Greengrass, Ltd., Vancouver, 1979. Price, $39.50.

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After an introductory section on definitions of dermatitides from plant contact, short sections on pathogenetic mechanisms, a historical perspective, and brief discussions of diagnostic topics (including patch testing) comes the major section: an exhaustive alphabetic catalogue of irritant and allergic plants, each article including notes on species and dermal effects. Closing sections on special problems such as sawdust dermatitis, weed dermatitis, agricultural chemicals. Thoroughly supported with historical and current references. A superb, exhaustive reference work that will be valuable to many practitioners, dermatologie and non-dermatologic. Recommended for hospital libraries.

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