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December 1949

ROLE OF EMOTION IN DISORDERS OF THE SKIN

Author Affiliations

PHILADELPHIA

From the Department of Psychiatry, Temple University School of Medicine.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1949;60(6):1063-1076. doi:10.1001/archderm.1949.01530070003001
Abstract

THAT emotion plays a role in disorders of the skin is a fact accepted by most, if not all, dermatologists. This fact has been well elaborated in the literature, both by those specializing in the field of dermatology and those in the field of psychiatry who have joined with dermatologists in thinking through some of the complicated disease conditions within that field of endeavor.

The psychosomatic approach to any disease makes a much greater demand for knowledge of causes, pathologic processes and procedures of treatment than any single newly discovered disease. This is because a whole new system of dynamic forces, emanating from the mind, which act as toxic agents, must be known and understood. Emotions can be helpful phenomena in the life of man, but they can also be harmful and make him sick. These emotions must be understood as causes of symptoms, with some ability on

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