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October 30, 1967

Hair and There— An Exercise in Futility

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Brooklyn, NY

JAMA. 1967;202(5):442. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130180108031

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To the Editor:—  Astute professional management has resulted in the introduction of cartoons and jokes which are sprinkled throughout our medical journals these days. By the same token and for the same purpose, it is the writer's contention that these publications would not lose face or fall flat on their austerity if they included articles which are both informative and humorous. Somewhat in this spirit, this exercise in futility is offered.It started at a social gathering. An irritatingly inquisitive but well-intentioned 45-year-old acquaintance who had no inkling of the tempest he was initiating asked, "Why am I losing the hair on my head while the hair in my nostrils and ears is definitely increasing?" Shamefacedly, I had to admit that his experience was a clinical fact, but I hadn't the foggiest notion why. However, I promised him (and myself) an acceptable scientific explanation at our next meeting if it