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February 15, 1965


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Deserted Village

JAMA. 1965;191(7):594. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080070078014

A glimmer of hope has come to a long suffering segment of our population who silently and painfully endure the mental agonies of common baldness. Man's earliest fallout problem has, through the ages, established the balding individual as a prime candidate for jibes, jokes, and cruel exploitation. More fortunate contemporaries fight their own fears, which have a broad foundation of folklore and superstition, with comforting quips such as, "The only thing that stops falling hair is— the ground" or the equally well-known, "The best way to save your hair is—in a cigar box." The humor is lost to the victim who is aware of the profound mental and physical hardships which may accompany the loss of this otherwise unnecessary filamentary adornment. Younger men and women of any age are particularly struck by their personal misfortune. The inevitable process is equated with loss of vigor and aging.

Compelled, at last, in

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