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October 1953

NEUROPSYCHIATRIC ASPECTS OF INFANTILE ECZEMASpecial Reference to the Role of Cutaneous Pain Receptors

Author Affiliations


From the Institute of Juvenile Research.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1953;70(4):428-451. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1953.02320340018002

KNOWLEDGE about nonallergic aspects of so-called atopic eczemas gleaned by workers in different fields has become very extensive. Unfortunately, the demands of specialization have placed the contributions from several fields into mutual isolation. If there is to be further progress, not only must there be a wider cross-field dissemination of these contributions, but there must, in addition, be an integration of them. Without such an integration it is doubtful whether workers from one field will be able to use properly the findings of workers from another, and the possibility of error from distorted perspectives would also remain unchecked.

In this paper an attempt will be made to provide this type of integration. A kind of natural history of infantile eczema will be presented along with hypotheses to explain each important step, and with citations from the literature of relevant fields bearing on both the natural history and the hypotheses. Much