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August 1957

The Structure and Function of the Sebaceous Glands

Author Affiliations

Hanover, N. H.

From the Department of Dermatology, Hitchcock Clinic and Dartmouth Medical School.

AMA Arch Derm. 1957;76(2):162-171. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550200006002


When Dr. Lewis asked me to present a discussion on the structure and function of the sebaceous glands in a symposium entitled "The Seborrheic State Including Acne," I hastily pointed out that I felt poorly, if at all, qualified. In the first place, I have done little work on the pilosebaceous structure, and, in the second place, I am confused in my own mind as to the role of the pilosebaceous structure in the seborrheic state. Yet the mere fact that we have a term called seborrheic dermatitis certainly implicates the structure in some way.

May I review, then, the ABC's of sebaceous gland structure and function that we do know. There is a hope that such a review may act as a stimulus to further thinking and research by all of us on the subject in an attempt to get this common problem settled etiologically as

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