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July 13, 1912


Author Affiliations

Professor of Dermatology and Syphilology in Syracuse University; Dermatologist and Syphilologist to the Syracuse Hospital for Women and Children, The Syracuse Free Dispensary; Dermatologist to St. Joseph's Hospital, etc. SYRACUSE, N. Y.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(2):104-106. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270070105008

Women suffering from the overgrowth of hair on their faces have not received the same consideration from the profession accorded patients with nevi and other disfigurements of equal moment, and therefore these miserable ones are deflected to beauty doctors and various irregulars, almost invariably ignorant, incompetent and unscrupulous.

Subjects of this growth are notably sensitive and depressed. Many become embittered, melancholy and resentful, to the detriment of their mental and physical health. The disposition is often affected to such an extent that they lose their incentives; and in more than one instance have such patients asserted that death was preferable to the life of embarrassment they had to live, as they felt that they were objects of pity, ridicule and scorn. Few endure their disfigurement with philosophic resignation.

It is no doubt true that the treatment is difficult, tedious and relatively unprofitable to the operator. But if it can be

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