This is an ambitious encyclopedic reference work dealing with the hazardous properties of some 8500 materials. It is divided into sections on toxicology, ventilation, personnel protection, atmospheric pollution, industrial fire protection, storage of materials, general chemicals, radiation hazards, reactor safeguards, and allergic diseases in industry.
The material in the last three sections, which are of particular interest to dermatologists, is unusually well presented. The section on chemicals covers some one thousand pages. The book is arranged for quick reference. The various sections are thumb-indexed, and the materials covered are arranged alphabetically; for each material there is furnished information such as synonym, formula, storage, handling, toxicity, and shipping requirements. The volume contains a wealth of information which should be most useful, especially for anyone interested in industrial dermatology.