When you have completed this section, you should be able to • describe the biological and social functions of the skin.
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The skin is much more than a container for the body. It has a wide variety of important functions that go well beyond appearance, as we shall see here. Although its structural and physiological complexity is commonly underestimated, the skin is indeed a marvel of biological design. It is hard to conceive of any other organ that could serve functions so varied, yet display such strength, flexibility, and remarkable capacity for growth and self-repair.
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