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The origin, evolution, and sociological implications of pigmentation in man form the basis of this treatise. Interspersed throughout are sections that summarize quite well much of our current understanding of melanin biochemistry and the disease states reflecting abnormalities in the production and control of this pigment.
This is, however, a philosophical rather than a scientific compilation of ideas. The author has attempted to relate degrees of racial pigmentation to differences in physiological parameters among races such as the activity of the reticuloendothelial system (RES) and of the adrenal cortex. (Evidence is cited that suggests increased RES activity and decreased adrenocortical
Ethnic Pigmentation. Historical, Physiological and Clinical Aspects.. Ann Intern Med. ;82:864. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-82-6-864_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;82(6):864.
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