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March 3, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(9):628-629. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640360036012

The growth of hair presents some sort of problem to innumerable persons, among whom many approach the physician to secure a solution of the difficulty involved. On the one hand are the hordes of people of both sexes and in all walks of life who complain of alopecia. In its extreme forms it shows "a bald, glistening crown closely drawn over the skull." This sad picture, it was recently stated,4 is senile, spontaneous or simple baldness. Premature baldness, it is added, is the same thing, save for the fact that it occurs before the age when these changes, which we ordinarily attribute to old age, are expected to appear. To the victims of such circumstances is left the invidious choice of accepting a condition for which no remedy can logically be expected, or of assuming the existence of a seborrheic dermatitis, for the treatment of which no two experts