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October 7, 1933

Inherited Abnormalities of the Skin and Its Appendages.

JAMA. 1933;101(15):1180. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740400066043

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This apparently is the first volume devoted to the importance of heredity in relationship to the development of a single portion of the human body. It constitutes a careful summarization of present knowledge in relationship to the influence of hereditary factors on the development of abnormalities of the skin, teeth, hair or nails. The book, therefore, is a complete guide to most of the extraordinary appearances which fascinate human beings in the sideshows and museums. Beginning with a chapter on the relationship of the mendelian conceptions of inheritance to the special problems affecting the skin, the author takes up physiologic abnormalities and metabolic errors. He then considers errors of development of the elastic tissue, which are of course associated with cases of so-called rubber skin and with cases of epidermolysis. He then considers the dyskeratoses and gives special consideration to ichthyosis, or so-called fish skin. Thereafter he concerns himself with

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