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September 1978

Personal Responses of Patients to Vitiligo: The Importance of the Patient-Physician Interaction

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Sociology, Bryn Mawr (Pa) College and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (Drs Porter and Beuf), the Dermatology Section, Department of Medicine, West Haven (Conn) Veterans Administration Hospital (Dr Nordlund), and the Department of Dermatology, Yale University Medical Center, New Haven, Conn (Dr Lerner). Dr Nordlund is the recipient of a Clinical Investigatorship at the West Haven Veterans Administration Hospital.

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(9):1384-1385. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640210075025

Vitiligo is a serious disease for patients because they must daily face the world disfigured by the loss of skin pigmentation, which they believe gives them an appearance that is repugnant to others. Most physicians think vitiligo is a disease of little consequence because they evaluate

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