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In this pocket-sized symposium on a controversial subject six authorities in dermatology review the major clinical and laboratory features of atopic dermatitis and discuss the current concepts of its cause and management. Reports of recent physiological studies on patients with this disease showing abnormal vascular responses at the sites of predilection of this disease, a paradoxical vasoconstriction with acetylcholine, and other changes are included. Particularly thought-provoking is the evidence, presented by Rostenberg, Jr., that specific atopic reactions are not a necessary or sufficient condition for the production of the skin lesions of atopic dermatitis. While there are some differences of opinion among the contributors, there is a general tendency throughout the symposium to regard allergic reactions and emotional disturbances as precipitating rather than causative factors in the production of these skin lesions. Sulzberger believes that the emotional disturbances are the result, not the cause of the eruption. As a result
Atopic Dermatitis. JAMA. 1956;161(1):115–116. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970010117043
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