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September 1945

The Hair and Scalp: A Clinical Study (with a Chapter on Hirsuties)

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;52(3):220. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510270078027

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This book begins with a chapter on the structure and physiology of the hair, which offers a basic and scientific review of this subject. Following this are two excellent chapters on canities and care of the hair. In the former are listed a number of unique observations on sudden graying of the hair. In the latter there is much sound advice, although the scientific accuracy of the statement, "It is not widely enough known that even dandruff can be conveyed to those who use brushes and combs belonging to individuals whose scalp harbors the malady," is easily challenged. Dr. Savill scientifically describes permanent waving, singeing, bleaching and dyeing of the hair. The fourth chapter, on The Molecular Structure and Elastic Properties of Hair by W. T. Astbury, which includes roentgenologic analysis, is an outstanding contribution to the book and should be studied by all physicians interested in the

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