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November 1960

The Human Apocrine Sweat Gland in Health and Disease

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By Harry J. Hurley, M.D., D.Sc. (Med.) and Walter B. Shelley, M.D., Ph.D. Price, not given. Pp. 138, with 60 illustrations including a frontispiece in color. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill., 1960.

Arch Dermatol. 1960;82(5):848. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.01580050190035

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This monograph essentially consists of a lucid presentation of the authors' intensive and brilliant investigative studies on the human apocrine sweat gland which were carried out largely during the first half of the past decade. The anatomy of the apocrine sweat gland, the physiology and pharmacology of apocrine sweat secretion, and the nature of such sweat are extensively considered. Among disorders of the apocrine sweat gland, osmidrosis, Fox-Fordyce disease, and hidradenitis suppurativa are very succinctly presented. Chromidrosis, an unusual and less well-known disorder, is discussed at greater length.

A number of tables and many illustrations of good quality add to the clarity of the discussions. Regrettable minor flaws are that more than an expected number of typographical errors have slipped past the proofreaders, and that trade names are too often used for drugs and materials.

For all whose interests bring them to consider human apocrine sweating, this excellent little book

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