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March 1945


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;51(3):227-228. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510210069020

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This short work by the well known dermatologist from Barcelona, Spain, who is now professor of dermatology at the University of Nueva Leon, Monterrey, Mexico, is one of a series of medical monographs. The author's statement in the foreword that his aim was to set down actual knowledge of the most frequently encountered dermatoses for the purpose of teaching medical students explains why the volume is neither a treatise nor a complete manual of dermatology and why, with certain exceptions, only the most essential topics are discussed.

In the brief chapter on general cutaneous physiology, the concept of the skin as an organ is emphasized and the importance of its bacterial flora, particularly with regard to "facultative" behavior and relation to pH, is stressed. The appraisal of chemical reactions, secretions and chemical and metabolic processes is intelligent and up-to-date, but the allergic functions are merely mentioned.

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