That emotional disturbances will cause such transitory cutaneous symptoms as blushing, pallor and excessive perspiration is well recognized by the laity, but that lesions of long duration and considerable severity may result is frequently overlooked by the profession. In our judgment, the following conditions are clean-cut clinical entities; and certain of them are invariably, and the remainder frequently, due to emotional upsets. The cases reported are from private practice, and all were under observation for a sufficiently long period to insure careful study. It should be clearly understood that the authors claim no particular training or experience in psychanalysis; but both are far removed from the pure Freudian school.
Erythemas of from one hour's to three days' duration are rightly considered to be due to toxins, either internal or external, in the vast majority of instances. However, we have seen three cases in which there is good reason
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