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Book and New Media Reviews
January 2006

The Book of Skin

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by Steven Connor, 304 pp (paperback), $33.95, ISBN 0801488931, Ithaca, NY, Cornell University Press, 2004.


Copyright 2006 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2006

Arch Dermatol. 2006;142(1):117-119. doi:10.1001/archderm.142.1.117-b

Steven Connor’s Book of Skin is among the latest additions to the subgenre of cultural criticism regarding exterior surfaces, specifically the skin. If this description is opaque, then it is apt. Connor’s work is a free-wheeling extended dissertation on the historical understanding of skin and skin’s central role in social stratification, art, religion, sensation, and medicine. The apparent goal is to highlight the fact that, far from being newly important in the age of plastic surgery, skin has always been a core element of human self-image.

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