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August 1971

Patterns of Skin pH From Birth Through Adolescence: With a Synopsis on Skin Growth

Arch Dermatol. 1971;104(2):224-225. doi:10.1001/archderm.1971.04000200112030

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The authors of this monograph on skin pH are pediatricians. They state in the Foreword that, "in preparing the manuscript we are mindful of the variety of prospective readers, namely physiologists, dermatologists, and pediatricians and their diversified interests." Because of his orientation, this reviewer can view this monograph only through the eyes of the dermatologist.

This book will serve a useful purpose since skin pH has not been thoroughly reviewed in recent years. No doubt one reason for the subject having been neglected is the fact that the most active period of work in this area was 1928 to 1950; actually, more than half of the 158 references cited predate 1956; only 47 have been published in the past ten years and of these 47 only five deal directly with skin pH; the others concern principally peripheral material.

The dermatologists will find little new in the authors' "synopsis on skin

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