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July 1981

The Ichthyoses

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(7):449. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650070077041

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There has been an explosion of new information on the growth replacement and differentiation of the epidermis in the last several years. A more complete understanding of the biochemical processes involved in the synthesis of the differentiated products has evolved. Furthermore, characteristic abnormalities have been described in several ichthyotic conditions such as x-linked ichthyosis.

The conference on which this book was based was held during this dynamic period, and, for that reason, much of the information did not make it into print. Moreover, much of the current work is going on in laboratories in the United States, and few of the investigators were present at the meeting. There are, however, some good sections on electron microscopy and the physical properties of the epidermis; unfortunately, the quality of the electron micrographs is less than optimal.

The book is divided into three sections—pathophysiology, clinical findings and genetics, and treatment. The chapters consist

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