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August 4, 1956

CURRENT MANAGEMENT OF HYPERTRICHOSIS

JAMA. 1956;161(14):1413. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970140069020

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  This letter is being written as a plea to physicians and fellow dermatologists to give more thought to the management of hypertrichosis. Discussion with many dermatologists reveals that there has been a tendency to dismiss the problem as a matter of little consequence, particularly if there is no endocrine abnormality, or to rationalize that the tedious and prolonged course of therapy required for hair removal does not justify the time spent on these cases. To dismiss as a cosmetic problem the tendency toward excessive hair growth, particularly on the face of a woman, is as illogical as it is to dismiss the problem of acne as an inconsequential matter. Surely the patient with hypertrichosis is often psychologically more upset than the one with acne, since there is the implication of masculinization and all its accompanying connotations. Many such patients have remarked that they felt they were developing

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