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March 1, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(9):589-590. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480090041012

The importance of hygienic measures in barber-shops has been emphasized anew in an article by Dyer2 upon dandruff. Dermatologists agree that a large proportion of the cases of baldness is secondary to a seborrheic disease of the scalp. There is no certainty as to the essential cause of seborrhea, different investigators of the subject having described various micro-organisms in connection with it. The microbacillus of Unna and Sabouraud appear to be quite constantly present. Whether there is any particular bacterium which is alone responsible for the disease or not, it is generally conceded that it is probably parasitic in its direct origin. If this be accepted, then the liability of carrying the infection from one person to others by means of toilet articles is apparent. To prevent this hair-brushes, combs, etc., should not be used as common property for an entire household, nor for an entire community as is