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February 1974

Surface Microtopography of Normal Human Skin

Author Affiliations

FIMLT; Sheffield, England

From Rupert Hallam Department of Dermatology, Hallamshire Hospital (Dr. Tring), and the Department of Human Biology and Anatomy, University of Sheffield (Drs. Tring and Murgatroyd), Sheffield, England.

Arch Dermatol. 1974;109(2):223-226. doi:10.1001/archderm.1974.01630020039010

Very easily prepared adhesive slides have been used to obtain surface layer biopsy specimens from different anatomical sites. Cutaneous patterns are composed of very fine lines intersecting to form consistent geometric characters. Particular anatomical regions present a primary pattern that is generally typical for that region, while different anatomical regions show different skin patterns. The technique is simple and repeatable and provides a method for the study of modifications in cutaneous microtopography induced by age and disease.