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January 1977

Androgenetic Alopecia-Reply

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San Francisco

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(1):109-110. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640010111024

In Reply.—  I wish to thank Dr Ludwig for drawing to my attention his use of the term "androgenetic alopecia" in a paper published in Germany in 1964.With regard to the issue of priority, I have the following facts to offer. I learned the term "androgenetic alopecia" from my former teacher, Dr Norman Orentreich, who was using the term in the late 1950s and first published it in 1960.1In the late 1950s, when he was performing his well-known autograft studies, Dr Orentreich discovered that full-thickness skin grafts from the hairy occipital scalp can be successfully transplanted to the bald frontal scalp. From this work he concluded, and wrote in 1959, that "each individual follicle is genetically predisposed to respond or not to respond to androgenic . . . influences that inhibit its growth."2 These studies led him to conceive the term "androgenetic alopecia" because it embraces the two pathogenetic

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