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March 1959

The Biology of Hair Growth

AMA Arch Derm. 1959;79(3):381. doi:10.1001/archderm.1959.01560150123026

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This reviewer is quick to confess to being favorably disposed toward any book that is dedicated to Stephen Rothman, "whose wisdom, kindliness and personal warmth are a constant source of courage and inspiration to all those doing research on skin." A reading of the book was most rewarding.

It consists of the papers read at the conference on the biology of hair growth held in London in 1957. Consisting of 21 well-written chapters by 23 distinguished international authorities, the papers provide information ranging from embryology and anatomy through the chemistry of keratinization, the nature of hair pigment, and aging of the human scalp, all thoroughly documented.

The material reflects especially the newer knowledge learned through modern laboratory methods of histochemistry, electron microscopy, etc. and clinical and animal research. A considerable part of the book concerns vascular patterns in animal skin and silkworm cells, wool production, and other information based on

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