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Book Reviews
May 1945

Medical Uses of Soap.

Am J Dis Child. 1945;69(5):333. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1945.02020170068014

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This is an excellent collection of articles, a symposium dealing with the medical uses of soap. Each of the ten authors has previously contributed to the literature on this subject, and each one has handled his assignment well.

There are excellent chapters on the chemistry of soap, including its manufacture, the normal effects of soap on the normal skin, the unusual or abnormal effects of soap on the normal skin, the effects of soap on the diseased skin and the effects of soap on the hair. Other chapters deal with soaps for industry and the industrial worker, soap for shaving, cutaneous detergents other than soap and the medical uses of soap.

The book is full of useful information. All of the chapters are written in a clear, concise manner, and the text is easily readable. The book is printed on good paper with large, legible type, and there are 41

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