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January 1957

The Structure and Function of the Skin

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By William Montagna, Brown University. Price, $8.80. Pp. 356. Academic Press, Inc., 125 E. 23d St., New York 10, 1956.

AMA Arch Derm. 1957;75(1):159-160. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550130161036

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The author has written this very valuable book to supplement the usual neat account of the structure and functions of the skin contained in textbooks. He graciously acknowledges Prof. Herman B. Chase as silent co-author and expresses his particular gratitude to Drs. Walter C. Lobitz Jr., John B. Holyoke, Raymond R. Suskind, and Albert M. Kligman, whose efforts are apparent in this panorama.

With academic intimacy he discusses the histology, cytology, embryology, histochemistry, and electron microscopy of the skin of man and other hairy animals. The table of contents lists eight nominally conventional chapters, but the reader finds fresh and current vistas: enzyme systems; the concept of melanin formation in melanoblasts and its distribution by the cytocrine method; Barr's provocative discovery that male and female epidermis may be differentiated by observation of the sex chromatin of the nuclei in common Hand E stained sections; rhythmic mitotic cycles in the epidermis

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