In recent years Perry, Mount, and coworkers have reported their findings in experiments with the Galvanic Skin Response (GSR).1-4 They have demonstrated the effects of drugs and controls in standardization experiments, and the results have consistently shown a rise in GSR level after sweat-stimulating drugs and a fall after sweat-inhibiting compounds. The present study was undertaken to evaluate the effect of the same drugs on the GSR in atopicdermatitis and compare their reactions with controls.
Materials and Methods
The test group included 20 subjects (10 normal and 10 with atopic dermatitis). The normal individuals were college students ranging in age from 18-28. The atopics varied in age from 25-55, and all were hospitalized in a Veterans hospital for treatment of their skin disease. Their selection was based on the following criteria as outlined by Pillsbury, Shelley, and Kligman.5 All subjects had dermatitis intermittently and for varying periods
PERRY DJ, MOUNT GE, WRIGHT ET, MALINER J. Study of the Galvanic Skin Response in Atopic Dermatitis. Arch Dermatol. 1961;84(3):496–502. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580150142025