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February 1993

Physiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology of the Skin

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New Haven, Conn


vols 1 and 2, edited by Lowell A. Goldsmith, 1529 pp, with black-and-white illus, $195, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 1991.

Arch Dermatol. 1993;129(2):255. doi:10.1001/archderm.1993.01680230145031

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Lowell Goldsmith must be given credit for having the courage and determination to be the editor of a two-volume book on the physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology of the skin. Everyone knows that the doubling time for advances in the biological sciences keeps getting shorter. It takes little time for a review on almost any topic to become out of date after it appears in print. Yet, Dr Goldsmith was able to gather over 100 authors, many of them outstanding in our specialty, to write more than 50 excellent chapters on subjects they know very well. Even though no one will sit down and read these books from beginning to end, it is wonderful to have them available as a reference and to appreciate the big picture of the basic biology of the skin. There is so much information in these two volumes, and much is well done with regard

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