Chapter 2. The Function and Structure of the Skin

  1. Richard P. J. B. Weller MD, FRCP (Edin) Senior Lecturer1,
  2. John A. A. Hunter OBE, BA, MD, FRCP (Edin) Professor Emeritus of Dermatology2,
  3. John A. Savin MA, MD, ChB, FRCP, DIH Former Consultant Dermatologist3 and
  4. Mark V. Dahl BA, MD Professor of Dermatology former Chairman Professor Emeritus4,5

Published Online: 14 JAN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444300086.ch2

Clinical Dermatology, Fourth Edition

Clinical Dermatology, Fourth Edition

How to Cite

Weller, R. P. J. B., Hunter, J. A. A., Savin, J. A. and Dahl, M. V. (2008) The Function and Structure of the Skin, in Clinical Dermatology, Fourth Edition, Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444300086.ch2

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Dermatology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

  2. 2

    University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

  3. 3

    The Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, UK

  4. 4

    College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

  5. 5

    University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2009
  2. Published Print: 7 MAR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146630

Online ISBN: 9781444300086

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Keywords:

  • skin structure and function;
  • skin – human and environment interface;
  • spinous or prickle cell layer and keratinocytes;
  • keratinization;
  • cell cohesion and desquamation;
  • Langerhans cell - dendritic cell;
  • collagen type and tissue distribution;
  • skin immune system molecular components;
  • allergic contact dermatitis - Induction (sensitization) phase

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Epidermis

  • Dermo-epidermal junction

  • Dermis

  • The skin immune system

  • Types of immune reactions in the skin

  • Further reading