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The Human Integument

Ervin Epstein, M.D.
Arch Dermatol. 1962;86(1):97-98. doi:10.1001/archderm.1962.01590070103029.
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This interesting monograph was published in 1959 but contains papers delivered in 1957. It is noteworthy that the individual essays seem as current today as they were when they were first given. While some of the recent advances in the fields covered are not included, the material contained has stood the test of time for at least five years. As Rothman states, "More or less, the skin was regarded as a dead cover . . . Part of the blame rested with the peculiar development of clinical dermatology. In all other fields physiology and clinical medicine exerted a mutually stimulating effect . . . In dermatology the main emphasis was on descriptive methods . . . thinking along functional lines developed slowly." The book includes a group of papers given at the Indianapolis meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The physiology is presented in association with the etiology, pathogenesis, and therapy of entities arising due


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