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February 1932

MENTAL ALLERGY: REPORT OF A CASE OF SEBORRHEIC ECZEMA WITH RECURRENCES DEPENDENT ON THE EMOTIONAL BACKGROUND

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1932;25(2):205-212. doi:10.1001/archderm.1932.01450020217001
Abstract

Canst thou not minister to a mind diseas'd, Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow, Raze out the written troubles of the brain, And with some sweet oblivious antidote Cleanse the stuff'd bosom of that perilous stuff Which weighs upon the heart?

So speaks Macbeth one morning to his family doctor, ministering in vain to the insomnia of Lady Macbeth, "troubled with thick coming fancies, that keep her from her rest." Substituting the skin for the heart, the quotation becomes applicable to a phase of dermatologic research that may outstrip in interest for the moment the miasmic fog from the laboratory, which has blotted out so effectively the incentive to keen clinical observation by the physician and the individualism of the patient in a welter of biopsy, culture and test tube therapy. It may well be that the rôle of research, so long played by the laboratory scientist dealing in

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