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March 1975

Microbiology of Human Skin

Arch Dermatol. 1975;111(3):404. doi:10.1001/archderm.1975.01630150124031

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This slim volume succinctly summarizes a massive bibliography and personal experience in human cutaneous microbiology. Its arrival will stimulate future research. Previously the neophyte had difficulty because, with the exception of two books complementary to this, the literature was widely dispersed (over dozens of journals and decades) so no simple pathway to a basic education existed.

The book is divided into three sections, aiding the directed reader. The first section briefly reviews skin anatomy and physiology, followed by a masterful presentation on nutrient factors on and in the skin and the concept of resident and transient flora and their relationship to factors controlling microbial growth on skin.

The second section details the microbial inhabitants of the skin. Here the reader will find a delineation of the major facts on corynebacteria, streptococci, micrococci, etc.

The third section deals with skin ecology, including the microbiology of specialized anatomic sites, host factors and

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