No one appreciates the lack of knowledge regarding diet as a therapeutic aid in diseases of the skin more than I do, and few dermatologists have had less confidence in this method of treatment.
I suspect that much of the lack of faith is due to the fact that in the past, fancies and hobbies often have usurped the place of truth, and, as a dietitian recently has intimated, "The instructions given the patient with skin disease often are based on tradition rather than on reason."
At one time it was thought that the eating of meat might aggravate, or even cause, psoriasis, but Pusey has reported a pronounced case in a devout vegetarian, and many dermatologists can recall similar instances, facts which should prove disconcerting to the fanatic on diet.
Unfortunately, an enthusiast along this line is not easily disconcerted. For instance, an otherwise fairly intelligent patient recently brought
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