EVERETT S. LAIN, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Nature has provided the human body with an elastic, pliable, vital external covering, which we call the skin. The skin possesses five primary physiological functions and many secondary functions correlated with those of other organs. In this presentation we are more especially concerned with the protective powers of the thin external layer we call the epidermis. Histologically the epidermis appears lifeless, but when exposed to an environment of abnormal temperature, trauma, chemical or bacterial invasion, its wonderful power of protection seems almost unbelievable and appears to rival that of every other organ of the entire human economy. However, owing to
LAIN ES. DERMATOSES INCIDENT TO INDUSTRIAL AND DOMESTIC OCCUPATIONS*. Ann Intern Med. 1944;20:390–394. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-20-3-390
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1944;20(3):390-394.
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