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June 1969

Histology and Cytochemistry of Human Skin: XXXII. The External Ear

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Beaverton, Ore

Arch Dermatol. 1969;99(6):757-767. doi:10.1001/archderm.1969.01610240115021

ALTHOUGH a great deal has been written about the microscopic anatomy of the skin of man, relatively little is known about that of the chin, lips, nose, eyelids, eyebrows, and auricula for the obvious reason that its removal would cause disfigurement and mutilation. Histologists and dermatologists have assumed that the skin covering these structures is similar to that found elsewhere, and, in general, it is. Yet, as we explore the various areas of the human body, we learn more about topographic differences and about skin in general

Survey studies of human skin, although not particularly fashionable, need no justification, since we owe it to ourselves to be fully informed about every detail of the body's structure and function. In this and other articles to follow, we describe the histology of very familiar organs, about which there is virtually no information in old or new textbooks of human histology.

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