Thursday, 3 March 2011

Skin: A Natural History

I picked-up this book when I went to the Skin exhibition at the Wellcome Collection last year. It promised a different perspective on skin, well beyond its anatomical and physiological properties so familiar to plastic surgeons.

The Nature review said "Tells us everything we might want to know about skin". It is certainly covers a wide range of topics yet remains a slim volume (179 pages before the extensive references). Core anatomy and physiology is covered for a lay audience and offers little for a surgeon.

However, the book is catalogued under 'anthropology / evolution'. Placing skin in this context is the book's purpose and it is done very successfully.

There is an extensive reference and note section at the back. It is available in hardback, softcover and eBook.

PSP Rating 4/5

N.G. Jablonski. Skin: A Natural History. University of California Press; 2006
ISBN-13: 978-0520242814

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