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June 1990

My Organ Is More Important Than Your Organ

Arch Dermatol. 1990;126(6):827. doi:10.1001/archderm.1990.01670300127024

To the Editor.—  No small person himself, Lowell Goldsmith is to be commended for proving that the skin is the largest of the middle weight organs.1 Whether the skin is biggest or not, however, I fear that Dr Goldsmith has entered an argument that should not exist, though he cannot be faulted because concern over such things is characteristic of our superficially oriented society. Surely the central issue was settled long ago, and the integument won it appendagesdown: the skin is the most important organ. The heart serves it. The bones support it. The muscles move it (and it even has its own). It protects all the stuff on the inside (which, I trust, would all fall out without it). Only the nervous system comes close, but where would it be without the embryonic ectoderm? Furthermore, as Ashley Montagu has so convincingly documented in his book on the importance