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November 8, 1952

The Scalp in Health and Disease.

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By Howard T. Behrman, A.B., M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology, New York University Post-Graduate Medical School, New York. Cloth. $12.50. Pp. 566, with 312 illustrations. C. V. Mosby Company, 3207 Washington Blvd., St. Louis 3, 1952.

JAMA. 1952;150(10):1056. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680100098046

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This textbook, intended for dermatologists and general practitioners, attempts to give an exhaustive study of the hair and scalp by including most of the recent advances made in the field. After introductory sections on the embryology, anatomy, and physiology of the hair and on hair preparations, separate chapters deal with the alopecias, seborrheic diatheses, infections, psychogenic disorders, and neoplasms. Secondary involvement of the scalp in cutaneous and systemic diseases receives special attention. The author has invariably consulted original sources and has expressed, wherever possible, personal points of view. On the whole, the book is readable and beautifully illustrated. As a criticism, the inadequate selection and organization of the material should be pointed out. Although a pilometer is discussed at great length, no mention is made of the course of untreated tinea capitis or of postinfectious alopecia; sections of little, if any, relation to the main topic are included, and the

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