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May 1944

Practical Survey of Chemistry and Metabolism of the Skin

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By Morris Markowitz, M.D. Price, $3.50. Pp. 196. Philadelphia: The Blakiston Company, 1942.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;49(5):388. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510110086023

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The author's intentions are commendable; but books must be judged by their results rather than their intentions. The "Recent Advances" series, among others, has set so good an example of the well integrated and careful review of a subject that readers have come to expect the same up-to-date and judicially critical methods in all. That the author has failed in his purpose is less his fault than it is the fault of the paucity of authenticated knowledge of the subject. What is required to write a good book of this kind is a combination of a competent biochemist and a dermatologist who has better than average training in chemistry. It is not enough merely to compile, chronologically and by subject, the various articles and books dealing with the subject. The reader wants to know what the author thinks of the validity of the article or chemical

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