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September 16, 1974

The Structure and Function of Skin

Author Affiliations

Northwestern University Medical School Chicago

JAMA. 1974;229(12):1663-1664. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230500077044

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Fourteen years have elapsed since publication of the second edition of this highly regarded book and in that time a vast new knowledge relating to the biology of skin has accumulated. Nevertheless, the third edition remains the same size as the second and covers the same basic subject matter, but here the similarity ends, for the book has been totally rewritten and the content only superficially resembles that of the earlier edition.

The book presents a systematic discussion of the epidermis, dermis, and their modifications and constituents such as blood supply, cutaneous nerves, hair apparatus, nails, and glands. These topics are presented with discussions of gross, light microscopic, and electron microscopic morphology; embryology; function; cell kinetics and metabolism; and histochemistry. The picture of skin that evolves is that of a highly complex and dynamic organ for which the authors have a deep affection.

The style is easily readable, and the