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September 15, 1945

Your Hair and Its Care

JAMA. 1945;129(3):241. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860370063033

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Abstract

This "attempts to present in simple fashion the most recent scientific knowledge concerning hair, hair disease and the proper care of the normal scalp." Unfortunately, the authors have not fulfilled their assignment creditably. The first sentence in the book calls for challenge: "Few branches of medicine have made such progress in the past ten years as has the one concerning diseases of the hair and scalp." There are misleading inaccuracies throughout the book, as "Constipation is the root of a vast amount of baldness; a great deal can be done to prevent premature grayness; hair pins and hat pins are injurious to good hair growth; those who know that early baldness is a family trait should make particular efforts to prevent its coming; senile baldness should be guarded against before it appears." Writing expressly for the public, the authors have written simply, but with an inclination occasionally to facetiousness. The

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