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May 1928


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1928;17(5):701. doi:10.1001/archderm.1928.02380110119009

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I have been consulted by a young man with alopecia areata who gave the most direct history of association of alopecia areata and emotional stress I have ever encountered. The patient was, apparently, a well balanced young man, a railroad baggageman. About eight weeks ago he was on a fast mail train between Chicago and Milwaukee which struck a bus loaded with young school children and killed between thirty-five and forty of them. This man was standing in the baggage car, saw the bus coming down hill to a crossing that the train going seventy miles an hour was to pass and saw the bus go on to the track, and the train pick it up and carry it a quarter of a mile until it could stop. His expression was that to see the thing happen and then to go and see forty or fifty dead children in a

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