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August 3, 1929


JAMA. 1929;93(5):383-384. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710050037015

Baldness is a topic of perennial interest, and every physician at some time is importuned to join in the discussion. Indeed, few people are subjected to more irritating unprofessional innuendos than those dermatologic colleagues who are repeatedly being reminded of their inability to cure their own baldness. The irremediable lack of hair—what false hopes it has evoked! Clendening3 pictures the situation gleefully:

Every one but the victim sees the inevitable. Yet nothing seems so difficult as to convince one of them that hope is gone. After consulting a regular dermatologist who tells him there is nothing to do, he begins a frantic round of treatments by barbers, scalp-treatment parlors, drugstore remedies and dandruff cures. He becomes a peerer from unnatural positions into mirrors. There is more joy over one spear of delicate down than over ninety and nine raccoon coats. Finally the long struggle ends—at about the age of