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May 1970


Arch Dermatol. 1970;101(5):622-623. doi:10.1001/archderm.1970.04000050126030

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This textbook, in paperback edition, is reviewed here not only because one of its authors is well known to all dermatologists but also because it is written in an engaging and fascinating manner.

Written primarily for students of biology, comparative anatomy, and anthropology, this book is, nevertheless, an important source of knowledge for all physicians. As the preface states:

We have written selectively about the most prolific and illustrious primate, unashamedly choosing those topics that research and teaching have disclosed as the most intriguing and interesting.... However, we have included enough to show that man is still a fascinating object of study, particularly in relation to his nearest living relatives, the non-human primates.

In the 16 chapters several of the subjects covered are: "Man's Place in Nature," "His Many Kinds," "Man's Skin," "Man's Internal Environment," "His Sexual Behavior," "The Disadvantage of Being Man," and "Reflections on His Nature." Each chapter

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