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February 1975

Neurotic Excoriations

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Norwalk, Conn

Arch Dermatol. 1975;111(2):265. doi:10.1001/archderm.1975.01630140123019

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To the Editor.—  I received a letter from a patient with neurotic excoriations, asking for a prescription refill. She is 75 years old, retired, and was one of the first members of her sex to become an architect in this country.The insight and clarity with which she described her problem was most striking, and I now quote her:I believe the habit comes from the state of worry, apprehension and tension, in which circumstances have placed me. The sincere wish that I were not here encumbering the earth, now that my years of usefulness are over, also colors an impulse toward self destruction which perhaps unconsciously expresses itself in this way.Our texts do not express it better, if as well.

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