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Coal Tar

"Coal Tar" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

A by-product of the destructive distillation of coal used as a topical antieczematic. It is an antipruritic and keratoplastic agent used also in the treatment of psoriasis and other skin conditions. Occupational exposure to soots, tars, and certain mineral oils is known to be carcinogenic according to the Fourth Annual Report on Carcinogens (NTP 85-002, 1985) (Merck Index, 11th ed).


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Coal Tar" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Coal Tar" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 10 publications over 7 distinct years, with a maximum of 2 publications in 2006 and 2010 and 2019
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