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January 4, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(1):19-23. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310270019002c

The subject of the pathophobias is such an extensive one and so particularly within the scope of neuropathology that my object is simply to classify those pertaining to the hair and to speak of some of the diseases of the hair and scalp giving rise to them. Under the term trichopathophobia, from θρ[unk]ξ hair, πάθoς disease, and φ[unk]βoς fear of, I wish to include all those cases of mental worry in regard to the hair, such as: Worry over the loss of hair or over the hair falling out; worry over the color or change in color of the hair; worry over a change in characteristics—brittleness, kinkiness, lack of gloss, etc.; worry over excessive growth in unusual places— hirsutes, hypertrichosis; worry over the failure of hair to grow where it should.

THE FEAR OF THE HAIR FALLING OUT.  The rôle played by the hair as a fetich of sexual attraction