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Structure and function of the skin 

Structure and function of the skin
Structure and function of the skin

Susan Burge

, Rubeta Matin

, and Dinny Wallis

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date: 30 October 2020

This chapter reviews the structure of the skin and provides a summary of the functions, in particular detailing how it acts as an inert barrier but actively defends against external environmental insults. Topics include structure and function of the epidermis and dermis, specific detail on hair and nails, function of melanocytes and their role in pigmentation, and details about the components of the skin immune system.

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