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Schmidt Richard J.
Dermatitis: March 2001

An account is provided of the history and planned development of BoDD: Botanical Dermatology Database, a major Internet resource.

Some people talk to plants. Fewer people think plants talk to them. We want to talk about plants, and we hope that you will not only want to listen, but also, perhaps, you will even occasionally talk to us about plants.

Plants can cause an array of reactions in members of Homo sapiens, and in the course of this quarterly feature, we will provide reviews and/or commentary on common reactions to common plants, uncommon reactions to uncommon plants, and many reactions in-between. Plants and their derivatives have the potential not only to harm the skin, but also to ameliorate skin disease, and we welcome papers that concern either of these aspects of plants. If an occasional column is not necessarily practical, we hope it will be enjoyable.

From Richard J. Schmidt, PhD, % the Department of Dermatology, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom.

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©2001American Contact Dermatitis Society

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