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March 1958

Cosmetics: Science and Technology

AMA Arch Derm. 1958;77(3):374. doi:10.1001/archderm.1958.01560030120031

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This encyclopedic work is a compilation of 53 articles by various authors on cosmetic subjects, divided under five main headings: The Scope of Cosmetics, Toilet Preparations, Manufacture and Technology, Physiological Considerations, and Legal Considerations. The articles range in subject from discussions of formulation to the physiologic principles underlying the mode of action of specific cosmetics, the general principles of skin physiology, and chemical engineering in cosmetic manufacture. In the main, the individual authors are experts in their particular fields, and their statements may be considered to be authoritative. The growing realization by the cosmetic chemist of the need for better understanding of cutaneous physiology and pathology is shown both by the number of physician-contributors and by the large number of medical references in the extensive bibliographical tables. Much attention to basic physiology is given in such articles as those on dandruff preparations, skin lighteners, baby toiletries, etc. Unfortunately, not

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