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September 1964

Cosmetics and the Skin

Arch Dermatol. 1964;90(3):376. doi:10.1001/archderm.1964.01600030126033

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This is still another more or less faceless compendium of data on the formulation of cosmetic preparations. The book lacks uniqueness of style, composition, and depth. It adds weight but not distinction to the heavy literature on this subject. There are no glaring errors and no important omissions. The work cannot be condemned or praised, cheered or deplored.

Part I is a very light treatment of basic skin physiology. The references are a motley mixture of significant and insignificant works.

The bulk of the book is taken up with detailed directions for making up every type of cosmetic preparation. This portion is straightforward and seems thorough and exact. It is well written.

Tacked rather awkwardly onto the end is a section on special topics. In symposium style, a group of invited guests take up such altogether out-of-place or inappropriate subjects as "The Laboratory Evaluation of Steroid Hormones," "The Biological Role

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