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March 1971

The Dermis

Arch Dermatol. 1971;103(3):345. doi:10.1001/archderm.1971.04000150115031

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Dr. Montagna has again edited the tenth volume in his classic series Advances in Biology of Skin, this time in collaboration with J. Peter Bentley and Richard L. Dobson. These individuals have truly achieved the aim set out in the Preface, to "... assemble the contributions of connective tissue experts who are singularly skilled at translating their disciplines into the language of dermatology." The biochemical knowledge of connective tissue is exceedingly complex; only recently has function been related to this structural information. Dermal components, considered individually, may not make very exciting reading for the average dermatologist, but the interrelationship between each of the components and the whole with the epidermis will stimulate the most lethargic physician.

Of the 18 chapters, the first eight consider collagen, elastin, and ground substance. Following these are chapters on the permeability of the dermis, clinical disorders of ground substance, origin of the basement membrane, and the

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