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August 1980

Biologic Basis of Pigmentation, vol 4, and Pathophysiology of Melanocytes

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Arch Dermatol. 1980;116(8):957. doi:10.1001/archderm.1980.01640320107027

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These two volumes represent the proceedings of the Tenth International Pigment Cell Conference, which took place in Cambridge, Mass, in October 1977. The international meeting has been held approximately every three years since its inauguration in 1946, ranking it as one of the oldest subspecialty gatherings of biologists, biochemists, physicists, pathologists, dermatologists, and clinicians to discuss a topic of mutual interest. These hardbound volumes are the fourth and fifth to be published by S Karger. The style remains crisp, and the printing achieves a degree of elegance.

Volume 4 deals with the biologic basis of pigmentation and contains headings such as chromatophore biology, regulatory factors, genetics, growth and differentiation, and melanins, while volume 5 concerns the pathophysiology of melanocytes. Here we have headings such as albinism, acquired pigmentary disorders, and a variety of subheadings under melanoma. As with all proceedings, the individual articles vary in quality; most offer mercifully short

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