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July 1959

Melanoblasts and Melanocytes in Fetal Negro Skin

AMA Arch Derm. 1959;80(1):130. doi:10.1001/archderm.1959.01560190132033

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This monograph is an important contribution to our understanding of the nature and evolution of melanin-forming cells. Not only are past contributions reviewed and discussed, but the results of studies on one hundred six fetuses are presented. Excellent photographs of microscopic sections using special histochemical techniques, correlated with the age of the fetus, results in an easy-to-follow documentary of the development of melanoblasts and melanocytes. Evidence presented in support of the neural crest origin of these cells is convincing.

The book is highly recommended to both students and practitioners and, in particular, dermatologists.

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