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January 1996

Two Volumes on Keratinocytes

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Rochester, NY

Arch Dermatol. 1996;132(1):101. doi:10.1001/archderm.1996.03890250115028

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I like surprises! Incredibly naive, I expected this to be a methods book detailing in a professional and precise fashion all the tricks necessary to use keratinocytes for modern cell and molecular biologic studies. Instead, I found that there were two books: one that detailed methods I pined for (Keratinocyte Methods) and another that presented a scholarly approach toward the major conceptual problems and issues in keratinocyte biology (The Keratinocyte Handbook). The editors, all acknowledged leaders in keratinocyte cell and molecular biology, have rounded up many of the usual suspects plus some new ones as contributors. The result is a landmark production that will benefit all those working with the epidermis, its appendages, and epidermal diseases. The editors made a brilliant strategic decision by not combining the strengths of each book into a single volume.

The how-to book, a short laboratory cookbook (with all the best and tastiest connotations of

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