JAMA. 1927;89(26):2196-2197. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690260044017.
Text Size: A A A
Published online

Biochemists have long appreciated the essential fitness of the skin for covering and protecting the body. The skin and its appendages are composed largely of keratin, a protein characterized by its insolubility in all ordinary reagents and by its failure to exhibit the usual chemical reactions. It thus is not only resistant physically but also highly inert chemically and seems strikingly well adapted to its function in the organism. This very correlation of chemical nature and physiologic behavior is so obvious that students are likely to neglect further study of possible function of the skin. The sweat glands and their activities early drew attention to the part these structures play in excretion, and for a long time this activity of the skin was considered as an important adjunct to the work of the kidneys. This point of view is untenable, however, in the light of newer experiments.1 The skin


Sign In to Access Full Content

Don't have Access?

Register and get free email Table of Contents alerts, saved searches, PowerPoint downloads, CME quizzes, and more

Subscribe for full-text access to content from 1998 forward and a host of useful features

Activate your current subscription (AMA members and current subscribers)

Purchase Online Access to this article for 24 hours

First Page Preview

View Large
First page PDF preview




Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).


Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign In to Access Full Content

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.