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June 1931

Prurits et Prurigos

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1931;23(6):1205. doi:10.1001/archderm.1931.03880240186023

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The author discusses general and local pruritus, pruritus with lichenification and the prurigos. Six pages are devoted to a preamble and general considerations, seventeen pages to clinical features, three pages to pathogenesis, five pages to general treatment and five pages to specific treatment.

The author emphasizes the fact that in spite of an enormous amount of work on pruritus, the cause has not been found. He is inclined to attribute the fundamental mechanism to hypersensitiveness and emphasizes especially the hereditary element. In treatment, he emphasizes the value of rest, relaxation and change of environment (seashore for the rich and hospital for the poor). Other types of therapy are detailed.

The photographs are excellent.

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