The Miracle of Skin: Surface Matters

Without our skin, we would shrivel and die. We would resemble prunes, rather than plums, or raisins, not grapes. It is this life-enabling function of skin, its ability to conserve our precious body water, which forms the subject of this book. It suggests that, while many people are deeply interested in skin because it represents our social interface, its emotional importance for us is not matched by an appreciation of its most critical role. The book notes that the omnipresent threat of dehydration dictates the behaviour of all land-based animals, including amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, and highlights that, to hunt bigger game on the sun-saturated African savannah, without succumbing to heat prostration and dehydration, early humans first developed sweat glands, then dispensed with hair, and finally developed pigmentation.

Peter M. Elias, MD, is a Professor of Dermatology at the University of California San Francisco and a Staff Physician at the San Francisco VA Health Care System, having worked in the laboratory and clinics for over 50 years. He is recognized internationally for research on the function of skin and is frequently invited to speak about his work before professional audiences both in the United States and abroad. For over 40 years, his research has been devoted to the study of many aspects of the skin’s barrier. He is also the recipient of numerous prestigious awards from professional societies and the author of over 700 scientific publications, including four scientific and medical books.

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ISBN: 1-5275-8455-0

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-8455-6

Release Date: 17th June 2022

Pages: 250

Price: £67.99