by Thomas B. Fitzpatrick, Atsushi Kukita, Fujio Morikawa, et al, 379 pp, with illus, $75, New York, Columbia University Press, 1982.
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Biology and Diseases of Dermal Pigmentation contains the proceedings of the International Conference on Dermal Pigment Biology and Clinical Syndromes held in Tokyo in 1980. As stated in the preface, the impetus for the conference arose from concern for the "increasing incidence of facial melanosis in Japan, Europe and the Middle East" and the awareness that all aspects of dermal pigmentation had been relatively neglected in the previous ten international conferences on pigment cell biology. The editors all served as members of the program committee for the scientific session, chaired by T. B. Fitzpatrick, a name well known to anyone with even a passing interest in pigment biology.
The volume, nearly 400 pages long, is divided into three sections preceded by an introduction that is an excellent, well-organized, clearly written 18-page summary of what is known about dermal pigmentation. Section I, entitled "Biology and Physiology of Dermal Pigmentation," includes informative
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