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January 1972

An Atlas of the Ultrastructure of Human Skin

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Rochester, Minn

Arch Dermatol. 1972;105(1):136. doi:10.1001/archderm.1972.01620040094038

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This is a masterful treatise by one of the truly great masters of ultrastructural anatomy. There are 305 illustrations photographed and published with almost unbelievable care and quality. Each photograph on each right hand page is accompanied by a legend on the left hand page. But the legend does not stand alone; there is a continuous developing story from one legend to the next. Much of the atlas is concerned with developmental anatomy of the skin as the author feels the study of fetal skin makes easier an understanding of the more complex adult skin. As a reviewer it is truly frustrating to attempt to describe this book; it must be seen and studied to be fully appreciated. Those of us in dermatology are particularly fortunate to have a basic science colleague of the stature of A. S. Breathnach; a stature reached through years of superior efforts and super results.

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