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November 6, 1954

Physiology and Biochemistry of the Skin

JAMA. 1954;156(10):1033-1034. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950100109034

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As in other clinical sciences, basic research in dermatology is still comparatively young. In former years there was a scantiness of pertinent scientific contributions in dermatology, but at present dermatological research is contributing a large amount of data. From this tremendous amount of available material, the authorhas selected a group of subjects that deal with the ordinary functions of the skin as well as with its lesser-known activities. He has also emphasized facts and problems of importance from the standpoint of future basic research.

This excellent book presents a detailed discussion of the mechanical characteristics, electrical behavior, and membrane properties of the skin insofar as they influence life processes; the physiology of sweat secretion, including its glandular function, the composition of the aqueous skin surface film and its hydrogen-ion concentration; the mechanism of insensible water loss through the skin; the role of the skin in thermoregulation; and the phenomenon of

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