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October 1974

The Structure and Function of Skin

Arch Dermatol. 1974;110(4):649. doi:10.1001/archderm.1974.01630100093043

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The third edition of The Structure and Function of Skin by Montagna and Parakkal continues to fulfill the authors' intentions of providing updated and current information on the anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry of various aspects of skin function.

The 433 pages are divided into chapters relating to the epidermis (including keratinocytes, melanocytes, Langerhans cells, and Merkel cells), dermis, cutaneous blood vessels, nerves, pilary apparatus, nails, and sebaceous, apocrine and eccrine glands. Each chapter is liberally supplied with pertinent illustrative diagrams, transmission and scanning electron micrographs, as well as with classic photomicrographs. The scanning and transmission electron micrographs are of high quality and are presented in such a way as to meaningfully relate to the text and correlate with the diagrams and photomicrographs. The chapters are each adequately referenced with not only the most current research papers, but with older classic scholarly works.

Drs. Montagna and Parakkal have used studies on

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