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January 1960

The Role of Psychogenic Factors in Skin Diseases

Author Affiliations


University of Illinois College of Medicine.

AMA Arch Derm. 1960;81(1):81-86. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.03730010085010

The title of this article is possibly somewhat misleading in that it is not an attempt to assess or to evaluate the role played by psychogenic factors in the production of skin diseases but only to record the attitude expressed by a number of leading dermatologists with respect to the role of emotions in some common skin diseases and to record what these same dermatologists do about the effect of emotions on the skin diseases of their patients. The data were obtained from a questionnaire sent to the active members of the American Dermatological Association. The reasons for choosing the active members of the American Dermatological Association were: (1) that this is a representative group of American dermatologists from the point of view of both experience and geography; (2) it is a homogeneous group from whom it could be expected that a high percentage of returns would be obtained. Parenthetically,

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