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September 3, 1932


Author Affiliations


From the University of Virginia Hospital.

JAMA. 1932;99(10):813-817. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740620023005

The face has become almost synonomous with the personality. Conclusions are reached regarding a person by the regularity or irregularity of his profile. The emotional reaction, the mood and even the character are supposed to correspond to the facial expression. When we say to some one, "Look at me," we mean, "Look at my face." A woman's chief pride is her face. We speak of her face as her fortune. We are told to face our difficulties, and when our failures or shortcomings are exposed, we lose face in the community. To a Chinaman to lose his face is a major calamity. Often it is said that certain people as well as certain things give us a pain in the face. If the ego could be located, it would be placed behind the eyes, but if there is any portion of the body that could represent what we wish other