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1. Introduction

Skin has played a crucial role in subjective human experiences of the body and external appearances at all periods and in all cultures (Body) [10]; [7]. However, specific ideas of its structure and function, understandings of its pathological changes, and its deliberate manipulation via cultural practices, have been subject to considerable historical change [5]; [4].

2. Functions of the skin

Modern anatomy regards the skin as a highly complex organ comp…

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Stolberg, Michael, “Skin”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 04 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020746>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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