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October 1971

Human Hair Growth in Health and Disease

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Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minn 55901

Arch Dermatol. 1971;104(4):457. doi:10.1001/archderm.1971.04000220115031

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It is difficult to say anything good about this book. Perhaps it could serve as a brief, superficial review of the normal physiology of hair growth and the problem of hirsutism for physicians with no knowledge of the field whatever. Even so, there are a number of glaring omissions such as the concept of hair as a fibroepithelial organ and the importance of the piliary connective tissue sheath and hair papilla. Also, much greater emphasis should have been given to a discussion of the possible role of dihydrotestosterone, a more potent androgen than testosterone itself and thought possibly to be the tissue androgen.

The book is 64 pages long, including an appendix and the index. There are four chapters which deal with morphology and physiology, androgens and hair growth, hirsutism, and alopecia. The last chapter should have been omitted, since it provides neither a substantive review or new or useful

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