Patch Testing: A Historical and Current Perspective

  • Jean-Marie LachapelleEmail author


This introductory chapter is devoted to the patch test technique and its progressive improvements over the years. The patch test is the first dermatological application following the birth of experimental medicine initiated by Claude Bernard. The technique has survived as an essential tool of diagnosis in contact dermato-allergology, and many improvements have been accomplished in recent years and are summarized in this chapter. Today this technique has many additional tools of investigation; consequently, it is an area that continues to grow.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DermatologyCatholic University of Louvain, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-LucBrusselsBelgium

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