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Biological Perspectives on Human Pigmentation

Biological Perspectives on Human Pigmentation

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology

  • Author: Ashley H. Robins, University of Cape Town Medical School and Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town
  • Date Published: July 1991
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521365147

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  • Skin colour is perhaps the most decisive and abused physical characteristic of humankind. This book presents a multidisciplinary overview of how and why human populations vary so markedly in their skin colour. The biological aspects of the pigment cell and its production of melanin are reviewed. The functions of melanin in the skin, brain, eye and ear are considered, and the common clinical abnormalities of pigmentation, such as albinism, are described and illustrated. Detailed reflectance data from worldwide surveys of skin colour are also presented. The historical and contemporary background of the phenomenon is explored in relation to the so-called 'colour problem' in society. Finally, the possible evolutionary forces which shape human pigmentation are assessed. This fascinating account will be of interest to graduate students and researchers of biological anthropology, anatomy, physiology and dermatology, as well as medical practitioners.

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    • Date Published: July 1991
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521365147
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 39 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    1. Biology of the pigment cell
    2. The biochemical and hormonal control of pigmentation
    3. Ultraviolet radiation and the pigmentary system
    4. Functions of melanin
    5. Non-cutaneous melanin: distribution, nature and relationship to skin melanin
    6. The properties and possible functions of non-cutaneous melanin
    7. Measurement of skin colour
    8. Disorders of hyperpigmentation
    9. Disorders of hypopigmentation
    10. Skin colour and society: the social-biological interface
    11. The evolution of skin colour
    References
    Index.

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    Ashley H. Robins, University of Cape Town Medical School and Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town

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