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August 1963

A Comparative Study of Skin Diseases of Dog and Man

Arch Dermatol. 1963;88(2):240. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590200128033

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The authors are to be commended for their pioneering effort in comparative dermatology. This analytical study should be especially valuable to dermatologists interested in research and experimental work.

In order to be useful as a laboratory animal for research in problems of human dermatology, the anatomical, histochemical, and physiological features of the skin of dogs and of man should be similar. A discussion of these features occupies the opening chapters of the book and makes interesting reading. Whereas man, with the development of eccrine sweat glands, has acquired protection against severe heat superior to that of other mammals, the dog makes use of its hair coat. The hair of man, however, has lost its sensory value, which the hair of dog has retained. Otherwise no great dissimilarity was found, although the skin of man is thicker than that of dogs, possibly because of the dog's hair coat. Canine skin is

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