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February 1960

Diffuse Cyclic Hair Loss in Women

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AMA Arch Derm. 1960;81(2):205-207. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.03730020041007

Frequently encountered in dermatologic practice is the woman who is "losing her hair." Needless to say, the emotional overtones in this situation are great. Some men take the state of their hair seriously. Practically all women do. The feminine attitude toward this is suggested by a traditional punishment that has been dealt women through history. To be shorn and shaven is a particularly severe form of reproach. Berg1 expressed woman's concern about her hair very well. "Woman is herself constantly doing something to her hair. She even carries a little mirror everywhere with her with the principal object of looking at her hair to see that it is all right. Obviously it is a source of anxiety to her."

This presentation deals with a transitory hair thinning which after a varying period stops and is usually replaced by new hair growth. The occasional permanent hair loss in older women

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