Skin as a microhabitat*
Only recently has it become appreciated how complex an ecological medium is formed by the human skin. There are many chemical substances, both inorganic and organic, which contribute to the maintenance of the skin population. Nevertheless, it seems probable that some microbial growth factors are contributed by organisms resident on the skin.
↵* Paper read at ‘Research Work in Progress’ Symposium, British Postgraduate Medical Federation, 19 February 1974.