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The Epidermis.

Richard M. Caplan, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(4):617-618. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870040131028.
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Care to spend a quiet evening (or a week) splitting hairs? Or learn a great deal more about the epidermis than you might ever care to know? Or get a brief taste of some of the extremely sophisticated and complex research being done in dermatology these days? Or, perhaps, just come to have an enhanced sense of awe at your own skin, the great service it constantly gives you, and all the normal and disturbed cutaneous mechanisms that dedicated investigators are gradually elucidating?

This book, a collection of papers from a symposium, is an assortment of scholarly contributions by individuals of international renown who concern themselves with structural and functional characteristics of the skin. Represented are the efforts of embryologists, electron microscopists, dermatologists, pathologists, and most conspicuously, biochemists, many of whose ideational constructs seem strange and difficult for a clinically oriented physician who must run full speed to keep


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