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September 15, 1945

The Hair and Scalp: A Clinical Study (with a Chapter on Hirsuties)

JAMA. 1945;129(3):241. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860370063039

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This is an excellent book and is as up to date as a current medical journal. The subject is covered completely, from structure and physiology of the hair to discussions of endocrinology, hair dyes, permanent waves and hirsuties. Although Savill is strongly influenced by the teaching of Sabouraud, she gives the views of opposing schools, and the result is a clearly expressed personal book which includes frequent references to pertinent case reports. This volume contains twenty short chapters dealing with normal and diseased scalp and hairs, simply classified under such captions as "itching of the scalp," "gray hair," "diffuse hair fall," "hairfall with bald patches" and "scaly conditions of the scalp." Altogether it is an authoritative book, written with charming simplicity by a woman who has obviously studied the subject matter intensely and with sympathetic understanding, for "to women they [maladies of scalp and hair] may indeed color all life

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