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October 1988

Brown Melanoderma: Biology and Disease of Epidermal Pigmentation

Arch Dermatol. 1988;124(10):1589-1590. doi:10.1001/archderm.1988.01670100073028

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Brown Melanoderma:  Biology and Disease of Epidermal Pigmentation, edited by Thomas B. Fitzpatrick, Michael M. Wick, and Kiyoshi Toda, represents one of the three publications resulting from a series of international scientific symposia.This monograph contains 18 separate chapters grouped in three separate categories. Category 1 deals with the biology and physiology of epidermal pigmentation (eight chapters); category 2, circumscribed brown melanoderma (seven chapters); and category 3, diffuse brown hypermelanosis (three chapters).All monographs resulting from symposia deliberation suffer from one inherent weakness, ie, unevenness of different chapters. Although the editors have taken great pains to avoid this weakness in their book, they have not succeeded entirely. For example, the chapter on the evolution of genetic influences on the oncology of the human melanocyte system and its responses to ultraviolet light is superbly written and summarizes the current knowledge extremely well, whereas the chapter on melanocyte precursors of cutaneous

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