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June 26, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXIV(26):2142-2143. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570520036014

However varied and important the physiologic activities of the skin may be, they usually receive scant consideration in treatises on the functions of the body or in so-called systems of medicine. This is unfortunate for many reasons, and particularly because it tends to inculcate a sort of disregard for certain properties and performances which are peculiar to the cutaneous surfaces and not without significance in medical practice. The sensory nervous mechanism involved in the covering of the body plays a highly important rôle by rendering us appreciative of our environment and responsive to a variety of influences that are wont to react on us. Much of our life of sensation is bound up with the structure of the skin, and many of our reflexes are initiated in relation to it.

These are only a few incidents in the functions of the skin. Its participation in the regulation of temperature all