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June 1993

Atlas of Normal Human Skin

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Boston, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1993;129(6):804. doi:10.1001/archderm.1993.01680270148033

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Atlas of Normal Human Skin is an annotated collection of clinical and microscopic photographs of human skin. The book contains beautifully rendered color and black-and-white diagrams, magnified photographs, histologic micrographs, and micrographs of transmission and scanning electron micrographic images. Also included are a few pictures of laser scanning confocal microscopic pictures and immunofluorescence- and immunoproxidase-stained tissue sections. Each photograph is accompanied by an informative and brief description of the illustrations. The atlas covers in adequate detail the epidermis, dermis, blood vessels, skin-sensory mechanisms, dermal appendages, and "hypodermis."

Although the book is entitled Atlas of Normal Human Skin, almost all sections contain photomicrographs of normal skin as well as specimens that are labeled as having come from sun-damaged skin. While this inclusion clearly parallels the interest of some of the authors, the intent of the inclusion of the sun-damaged skin in the atlas (and not other pathologic conditions affecting skin) is

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