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JAMA 100 Years Ago
March 10, 1999

ETIOLOGY OF ALOPECIA PREMATURA.

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Edited by Jennifer Reiling, Editorial Assistant.

JAMA. 1999;281(10):880P. doi:10.1001/jama.281.10.880

BY J. M. BLAINE, M.D.

. . . In searching the literature of the subject I find most authors give heredity as the cause, and in fact, many are content to mention this alone and do not recognize the many other causes spoken of by various writers. To my mind heredity is charged with many offenses of which it is not guilty. I can easily understand how one may contract a specific disease and then transmit it in its various manifestations to countless generations, but where is the microscopic germ or taint that exerts itself on the male members of the family and allows the females to retain their "crowning glory"?

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