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The nails have so much to show, and so little is known of the meaning of what is shown that a new treatise on the nails is welcome. The title stresses the concept of the nail not as a simple appendage but as a complex structure interrelated with physiopathologic processes of the body. It is easy to be carried away by over-enthusiasm for the interrelationships of nails and for symptoms the value of which is often difficult to prove; certain books which have more of fictional than of scientific value are apt to suffer from this fault.
After an introduction by Mariani, the author devotes several chapters to the discussion of the comparative anatomy, the embryology, the anatomy, the clinical aspects, the general concepts of diagnosis and classification, and the hereditary disorders of nails. He treats of those disorders which are due to external physical agents, those which
Fisio-patologia del complesso ungueale (Physiopathology of the Ungual Complex). AMA Arch Derm. 1957;75(3):474. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550150162033
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