edited by A. J. Thody and P. S. Friedmann, 375 pp, with illus, $75, New York, Churchill Livingstone Inc, 1986.
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The past decade has witnessed a dramatic expansion of research in the area of physiology and biochemistry of normal and diseased skin. The Scientific Basis of Dermatology presents a multiauthor review of these fields in a unique format. Whereas most basic science textbooks in dermatology are organized by anatomic units, the chapters in this book are organized as reviews of the various functions of skin. The first eight chapters review the various normal functions of skin such as sensory functions, immune functions, endocrine function, and ultraviolet protective functions. One unusual topic is that of the skin as an organ of communication. The ten final chapters of the book concentrate on specific diseases, such as psoriasis, acne, and solar radiation-induced disorders.
Although the individual chapters are written by different authors, the editors have maintained a crisp and consistent style throughout the book. Each chapter is appropriately illustrated with black-and-white photographs and
Bleicher P. Scientific Basis of Dermatology: A Physiological Approach. Arch Dermatol. 1988;124(10):1590. doi:10.1001/archderm.1988.01670100074029