June 1972

Human Hair Growth in Health and Disease.

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Iowa City, Iowa


By David Ferriman, DM, FRCP. Price, $5.50. Pp 64, with several illustrations. Charles C Thomas Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62703, 1971.

Arch Intern Med. 1972;129(6):996. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.00320060144023

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In this small book, which costs about 12 cents per page of text, there is an outline of the morphology of hair, the physiology of its growth, and factors relating to too much and too little hair—hirsutes and alopecia. The overriding effect of androgens as a stimulus to hair growth is emphasized in much detail.

Although the book can be read in a few minutes, its value as a reference book is greatly reduced by a painfully inadequate index. On almost every page there is a statement that something has already been discussed or something will be discussed later. It almost never happens that such range finders are helpful, and they are thoroughly distracting when they clutter up the text. Perhaps the main virtue of the book is the very extensive list of references which suffers, however, from not having the title of the article, making the references a telephone

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