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July 23, 1960

Progress in the Biological Sciences in Relation to Dermatology

JAMA. 1960;173(12):1393. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020300105035

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This volume contains papers presented at a course given at Cambridge University to provide physicians in clinical practice an account of fundamental research of particular interest to them. The editor has selected a formidable array of topics and grouped them under the headings: the melanocyte and melanogenesis; cutaneous innervation; histochemical investigation of the skin; bacteriology and mycology; psychophysiological mechanisms; comparative medicine; immunology; inflammation; carcinogenesis; radiation of the skin; and pharmacology.

A few of the writers present their subjects with little direction towards the skin and dermatology— as if the skin were an organ floating in outer space and yet to be discovered by them. An example of this is an article dealing with the mode of action of tranquilizing drugs, in which, the effect of these drugs on itching, the major dermatological symptom, is not once mentioned. One author, a well-known immunologist, starts his chapter with the statement: "I wish

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