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July 27, 1957


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509 Hulman Bldg. Evansville, Ind.

JAMA. 1957;164(13):1504. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980130080021

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To the Editor:—  I read with interest a recent editorial by A. J. Lehman, "The Cosmetic Problem" (J. A. M. A.164:416 [May 25] 1957). A desire was expressed for basic study to help solve the issue. It was considered more than a coincidence that adolescent pimples are also being referred to as the acne problem. I wonder if these two problems have something in common. Bad complexions are burdened with advice and loads of directions for treatment; but, in spite of knowing so much about what to do, some 50% of youthful males and females have pimply faces. Adding a disconcerting note is the fact that teen-agers from the homes of physicians contribute more than their share to the incidence.It seems that, in the rush to do something, the psychology of adolescense has been overlooked. As sure as puberty comes about, there occurs a time when both

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