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June 1983

Neonatal Skin: Structure and Function

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Monroe, Mich

Arch Dermatol. 1983;119(6):536. doi:10.1001/archderm.1983.01650300090027

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A treatise analyzing the details of the structure and function of neonatal skin, and comparing them with those present in older age groups, is a desirable undertaking and the names of Maibach and Boisits promise a great deal.

The 18 chapters, written by different authors, demonstrate that the levels of achievement are unequal. The first chapter makes an effort to compare the histologic structure of infant and adult skin in all its details. While other chapters contribute some facets of changes in skin function, they do not cover their fields in comparable detail.

To read about sudden profound changes of eccrine sweating in the neonatal period is interesting, even though the reasons for these alterations are not, or cannot, be clarified. The review of skin barrier function is subdivided into permeability to water, carbon dioxide, and oxygen with discussions of direct measurement and resistance. Comparative absorption is also discussed in

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