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Environment and Skin

  • Jean Krutmann
  • Hans F. Merk
  • Covers a wide range of skin disorders due to toxicants in the environment

  • Summarizes state of the art knowledge on the molecular basis of skin damage due to diverse noxae

  • Provides detailed information on contact allergy and contact urticaria

  • Describes the detrimental dermatological effects of exposure to air pollution and global climate change


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Concepts and Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Hans F. Merk
      Pages 3-10
    3. Susanne N. Kolle, Wera Teubner, Robert Landsiedel
      Pages 27-40
  3. Environmental Threats to the Skin

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Stefan F. Martin
      Pages 43-49
    3. David A. Basketter
      Pages 57-65
    4. Allen S. W. Oak, Mohammad Athar, Nabiha Yusuf, Craig A. Elmets
      Pages 67-103
    5. Andrea Vierkötter, Jean Krutmann, Tamara Schikowski
      Pages 105-111
    6. M. M. Leijs, Janna G. Koppe, T. Kraus, J. M. Baron, H. F. Merk
      Pages 113-130

About this book


​​This book is a rich source of information on skin disorders due to toxicants in the environment. State of the art knowledge is summarized concerning the molecular basis of skin damage caused by well-appreciated environmental noxae. The book also provides a uniquely comprehensive overview of the detrimental dermatological effects of exposure to air pollution and global climate change. A special focus is contact allergy, which, beyond representing a major problem in dermatotoxicology, serves as a prime example for the development of toxicological approaches to risk assessment. A further chapter is devoted to contact urticaria, a condition that can progress to life-threatening anaphylactic reactions. The novel information offered in this book will enable the reader to go beyond the traditional thinking of dermatotoxicology and achieve a modern appreciation of the highly complex interplay between skin and environment.


Climate change Contact allergy Dermatotoxicology Risk assessment UV

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean Krutmann
    • 1
  • Hans F. Merk
    • 2
  1. 1.IUF – Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental MedicineDüsseldorfGermany
  2. 2.Universitätsklinikum Aachen Klinik für Dermatologie u. AllergologieAachenGermany

About the editors

Jean Krutmann is Professor of Dermatology and Environmental Medicine and Director of the Institut für Umweltmedizinische Forschung (Institute for Environmental Medical Research) at the Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf. His field of research is dermatotoxicology and immunodermatology, with special emphasis on environmentally induced skin diseases. He is author or co-author of more than 200 papers and the recipient of various awards.

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