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April 21, 1945

Cosmetology in the Negro: A Guide to Its Problems

JAMA. 1945;127(16):1086. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860160062030

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The author had an intriguing idea, and his well written preface and introduction gave promise of an unusual book, but he failed in his assignment largely through negligence. Errors in spelling, that are obviously printer's errors, appear all too frequently for so small a book, and the discussions of the various diseases are much too sketchy and not always accurate. There are the surprising statements that vitiligo, if not treated early, extends to the hands and other parts of the body and that disturbances in the baby's diet may cause the hair to drop out. Listed among the common systemic conditions observed to affect the hands are the rarely encountered tuberculosis, vitamin deficiencies and glandular disturbances; and wart, or verruca, is defined as a term used to cover a group of diseases of the skin. The illustrations in black and white, though numerous, are not all clear and, though the

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