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February 20, 1943

Practical Survey of Chemistry and Metabolism of the Skin

JAMA. 1943;121(8):628. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840080076031

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The purpose of the author is "to give to the student and practitioner of medicine a general survey of fundamental facts necessary for a better understanding of dermatology." In a concise and well organized presentation divided into part I, on the chemistry of the skin, part II, hematology, part III, blood chemistry and part iv, vitamins in dermatoses, we are given a better conception of the close relationship between internal medicine and related cutaneous manifestations. In spite of its small size the author has succeeded in covering an enormous amount of territory. For those who wish more complete information a well selected bibliography is found at the end of each section. The worth of the book could be improved by the addition of a few illustrations, especially where cellular pathology is concerned. Also closer attention to proofreading would eliminate several errors. The author is to be congratulated on giving so

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