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September 22, 1956

The Structure and Function of Skin

JAMA. 1956;162(4):434. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970210174034

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Although the author states in his introduction that it is not possible to gather into one small volume all the information pertaining to the structure of the skin, his book comes close to accomplishing this. It does so in a manner that should interest not only the dermatologist, anatomist, and biologist but also the student and inquisitive practitioner. The presentation is that of a gifted teacher: interesting, lucid, authoritative, and orderly, showing clearly how function knits together all structures. General gross anatomy is discussed in the first chapter. The next six chapters are devoted to such structures as the epidermis, dermis, sweat glands, and pilar system. The final chapter deals more with speculative ideas than with facts. The chapter on the pilar system deserves particular notice. With the aid of pictures and diagrams, this difficult and little understood subject is clearly and ably presented. A bibliography is included at the

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