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November 1953

PERSONALITY FACTORS IN ADULT ATOPIC ECZEMA

Author Affiliations

PITTSBURGH

From the Department of Psychiatry; Staunton Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (Dr. McLaughlin), Instructor in Psychiatry (Dr. Shoemaker), and the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, Assistant Professor of Dermatology (Dr. Guy), of the School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh.

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1953;68(5):506-516. doi:10.1001/archderm.1953.01540110028004
Abstract

THIS STUDY represents a collaborative effort between dermatologist and psychiatric team to study the personality and adjustment problems of adults with atopic eczema. Effort has been directed toward eliminating a selection factor prevalent in many other studies, that of grouping together a congeries of clinical syndromes under the general heading of "neurodermatitis." The cases studied in this series have met rigorous dermatological criteria for the diagnosis of atopic eczema. The purpose of this study has been to determine whether 30 patients with a similar dermatological disorder have in common significant personality attributes, prevalent emotional conflicts, and situational pressures, and whether these phenomena are associated with the occurrence and fluctuation of the eczema.

REVIEW OF LITERATURE

This dermatologic disorder probably was definitively described originally by Besnier,1 in 1892. He termed it prurigo diathésique. There was a dearth of interest in the subject until the 1920's, when many articles appeared on

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