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August 1972

Modern Trends in Dermatology

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Rochester, Minn

Arch Dermatol. 1972;106(2):267. doi:10.1001/archderm.1972.01620110089029

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This book opens with an interestingly provocative chapter by I. H. Whimster, in which he questions whether ever more accurate mensuration of ever smaller cutaneous components by ever more sophisticated instruments will really tell us any more about why the skin behaves as it does, and it is difficult to disagree with him; but he then considers normal and abnormal symmetry which, although quite fascinating, may be no more relevant than simply a fascination. This chapter is followed by a description of the ultrastructure of the human epidermis by A. S. Zelickson which, although good, is not as detailed nor the photomicrographs produced as well as in the textbook by the same author. Sarkany and Gaylarde briefly discuss methods of organ culture of epidermis and its attached upper dermis, and consider some of the metabolic studies of these cultures. Unfortunately, it seems that this technique has been used very little

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