IN THE last 15 years there has grown up in the arid portions of the American Southwest a colony of patients with various chronic generalized dermatoses, who have migrated from the colder and more humid portions of the country to take advantage of the sunshine and the warm dry air. It is usually difficult to convince these patients that the benefits they receive can be anything but the effect of the sun and dry air, or that rest and a certain amount of adjustment of their emotional difficulties and a lessening of the drive which has become their way of life plays a part in their recovery. They have become a cult of sunworshippers, and many are overdoing the sun treatment to the extent that they are laying a foundation for the future development of keratoses and epitheliomas.
Our observation of many of these patients and the history of
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