Written by a leading dermatologist, The Blue Man and Other Stories of the Skin provides a compelling and accessible introduction to the life of our largest organ, while also recounting the author's experiences with memorable patients he has treated who suffer from mysterious skin conditions. Robert Norman begins by highlighting the qualities of the skin, tracing the history of its conditions and diseases, then examining the cultural, social and psychological impact of both color and irregularity. The book also features an absorbing collection of stories about some of his most intriguing patients: from a man whose skin mysteriously turned blue, to a hypochondriacal woman who begins to show signs of a life-threatening disease. This is a fascinating account of the dynamic nature of the skin, and the people who inhabit it.
Preface Part I. Our Vital Skin 1. What Covers Us? 2. Care and Protection of the Skin 3. The Hidden Life on the Skin 4. Melanocytes and the Color of Human Life Part II. Living in Our Skins 5. The Blue Man 6. Cry Wolf 7. Stories on the Skin 8. Doggie Nipples and Extra Ears 9. At War with Our Skin Conclusion: The Future of Our Skin Glossary Bibliography Index