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February 1939

La puberté: Étude clinique et physiopathologique

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By Guy Laroche, with the collaboration of M. Boigey, E. Bompard, A. Desaux, R. Ducroquet, L. de Gennes, A. Hammel, T. Hernando, Madeleine Hirsch, J. A. Huet, H. Lagrange, E. Layani, P. Le Noir, C. Lian, G. Maranon, E. May, L. Meurs-Blatter, C. Richet, H. Simonnet and H. Welti. Paper. Price, 65 francs. Pp. 349. Paris: Masson & Cie, 1938.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1939;39(2):385. doi:10.1001/archderm.1939.01480200192023

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In a symposium on the physiopathologic aspects of puberty A. Desaux contributes a chapter of forty-seven pages on the cutaneous reactions at the age of puberty. A first section is devoted to the normal development and appearance of the skin at puberty. Much stress is laid on the normal role of the endocrine glands in the development of the pilose, sebaceous and sudoriferous systems. The action of each individual gland and its hormones is considered, as well as their interrelation. In the pathologic cutaneous reactions at puberty, such as seborrhea, comedos, acne vulgaris, hypertrichosis and alopecia, Desaux is convinced that dysfunction of one or more of the endocrine glands plays an important etiologic role. The author states that he has observed several instances of the coexistence of seborrhea with precocious puberty, hyperthyroidism and gigantism and presents a number of clinical histories supporting his theory. The advent of the allergic dermatoses

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