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July 1931

Cold in Relation to Skin Diseases.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1931;24(1):169-170. doi:10.1001/archderm.1931.01450010174021

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This monograph, which has been translated into English by Dr. W. Jenkins Oliver, gives a valuable statement of the influence of cold in the production of diseases of the skin. It is a broad and excellent treatment of the subject, and is, the reviewer believes, the first of its kind. The first pages are given to a brief review of the vascular supply of the skin. Then follows an account of the effects of cold on the skin and its vessels in normal subjects—the effects of different degrees of cold, of short contacts, of long contacts and of repeated contacts. The author also takes up the effect of light as a complicating factor. There follows a consideration of perniosis, a term which the author uses as a collective noun that includes not only the ordinary erythema pernio, but conditions such as acrocyanosis, erythrocyanosis crurum and several other less familiar

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