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Book and New Media Reviews
October 2002

The Biology of the Skin

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MURADALAMMD

 

edited by Ruth K. Freinkel and David T. Woodley, 432 pp, $97.95, ISBN 1-85070-006-0, London, England, Parthenon Publishing Group, 2001.

Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(10):1388. doi:10.1001/archderm.138.10.1387

Drs Freinkel and Woodley, along with their 39 coauthors, have produced an excellent book on the basic science of skin structure and function. The text is divided into 25 chapters written by experts in the field. It is a well-written, well-organized book, providing a framework in understanding the biology of the skin, especially for dermatology residents.

As in classic textbooks, the first 10 chapters focus on the structure and function of the skin and its appendages and adnexal structures. The following chapters review a variety of topics such as epidermal kinetics, aging of the skin, inflammation and immunity, skin mast cells, wound healing, cytokines, oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes, and genodermatoses, among others. Some of the chapters are unique and difficult to find in other textbooks, such as the chapters reviewing integrins and cytokines in the skin.

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