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December 1933

Inherited Abnormalities of the Skin and Its Appendages

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1933;28(6):915. doi:10.1001/archderm.1933.01460060152023

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Dr. Cockayne has in this book collected the available pedigrees of families presenting abnormalities of the skin, teeth, nails, hair, branchial clefts and breasts. The work has been done with great thoroughness, and the data have been analyzed from a conservative genetic point of view. The author has attempted in the case of each abnormality to determine the mendelian mechanism that best explains the family studies in the literature. When there is insufficient data for a definite conclusion, he indicates the direction that future studies must take. The result is a unique volume of enormous practical and theoretical value to both dermatology and genetics. The reader can find in a few pages a summary and analysis of all the literature concerning a given condition of the skin. The bibliography is exhaustive.

The growing recognition of the importance of constitution in the study of disease makes the appearance of this book

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