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December 8, 1906

Influence of the Menstrual Function on Certain Diseases of the Skin.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(23):1936. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520230072024

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This work, the author states, is the result of over 10 years' observation and investigation. He considers the influence on skin lesions of each recurrent menstrual period and analyzes a number of cases. He declares that menstruation is only the culmination of "cyclic changes" in the system, and enumerates the changes in the urea, temperature and weight, thyroid and blood, as well as the nervous manifestations shown by many individuals. In regard to eczema, he states that the influence of menstruation is so great that he has kept a special record of these cases. He notes the most plausible theories, namely: 1, The cyclical changes in the general system; 2, autointoxication of genital origin; 3, nervous reflex irritation from congested condition of the uterus and ovaries. In the treatment, he says, all these theories must be taken into consideration. The book is practical and interesting, dealing as it does with

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