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May 29, 1897

Seborrhea and Alopecia.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(22):1043. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440220039016

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Milledgeville, Ind., May 1, 1897.

To the Editor:  —I see in the Journal that it has been announced from the Pasteur Institute that M. Sabouraud has established the fact of the identity of the microbe in seborrhea and alopecia. I was very much disappointed by not finding the remedy. Could you tell me in the Journal something that will destroy the microbe and stop the disease? Respectfully yours, J. S. Shields, M.D.

Answer  —Sabouraud now supplements his discovery of the identity of seborrhea and alopecia (Journal, April 24, page 801), with the results of his research into the causes and mechanism of ordinary baldness, which he summarizes as follows: 1. The specific microörganism of fatty seborrhea introduced into the hair follicles produces there four constant results, sebaceous hypersecretion, sebaceous hypertrophy, progressive papillary atrophy and the death of the hair. These phenomena resulting from the seborrheic infection occur both on the

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