To the Editor.—
As coauthor of the original articles on pseudomonilethrix,1,2 I read with interest the article by Zitelli, dogmatically entitled "Pseudomonilethrix: An Artifact,"3 which apparently leaves no room whatsoever for doubt or discussion. He is probably unaware that this doubt about pseudomonilethrix has already been raised on several occasions in the past, to which we have replied, "defending" our belief that our "pseudo" condition is indeed "genuine."Zitelli has done his homework well and in a praiseworthy fashion, but we suggest that he first ponder a few points before writing us off so abruptly, namely: (1) Why did our patients present themselves in the first place, complaining of "poor-quality hair that runs in the family?" We are convinced that our patients do not spend their time crossing their hairs and pressing on them as Zitelli has been doing. (2) Countless millions of hairs have been examined microscopically
Bentley-Phillips B. Is Pseudomonilethrix a Genuine Hair Disorder? Arch Dermatol. 1987;123(5):563–564. doi:10.1001/archderm.1987.01660290027003
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