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EFFECT OF HORMONES OF THE SEX GLANDS ON ACNE

EFFECT OF HORMONES OF THE SEX GLANDS ON ACNE Abstract It has been stated that cases of acne constitute about 8.5 per cent of all cases seen in dermatologic practice (Darier and Pollitzer1). The thought of the disease is a nightmare to young persons of both sexes and to their parents. A brief review of the etiologic factors as given in the textbooks of three generations of writers is therefore of interest. Jackson,2 in 1892, stated that youth is the greatest predisposing factor in acne; hereditary disorders of the digestive and sex organs were also mentioned as an influence in the production of symptoms. He considered that the development of sex organs and disturbances in menstruation affect the digestive mechanism and that in most cases acne is amenable to treatment through diet and regulation of the digestive functions. Stelwagon,3 in 1921, in summarizing the current views, touched on the theory that acne is due to parasitic invasion, References 1. Darier, J.: A Textbook of Dermatology , edited by S. Pollitzer, Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger, 1920. 2. Jackson, G. T.: Ready Reference Handbook of the Diseases of the Skin , Philadelphia, Lea Bros. & Co., 1892, p. 57. 3. Stelwagon, H. W.: Treatise on Diseases of the Skin , edited by H. K. Gaskell, Philadelphia, W. B. Saunders Co., 1921, p. 1091. 4. MacKenna, Robert W.: Diseases of the Skin , London, Ballière, Tindall & Cox, 1927, p. 377. 5. Curtis, A. H., and Novak, E.: Obstetrics and Gynecology , Philadelphia, W. B. Saunders Company, 1933. 6. Cutler, Max: The Cause of "Painful Breasts" and Treatment by Means of Ovarian Residue , J. A. M. A. 96:1201 ( (April 11) ) 1931;Crossref 7. Relation of "Chronic Mastitis," Cysts and Papillomas to Cancer of the Breast , J. A. M. A. 99:2152 ( (Dec. 24) ) 1932.Crossref 8. Knaus, H.: Zentralbl. f. Gynäk. 53:2193 ( (Aug. 31) ) 1929. 9. Zondek, B., and Aschheim, S.: Arch. f. Gynäk. 120:1, 1927.Crossref 10. Smith, P. E., and Engle, E. T.: Experimental Evidence Regarding the Rôle of the Anterior Pituitary in the Development and Regulation of the Genital System , Am. J. Anat. 40:159, 1927.Crossref 11. Allen, E.: Sex and Internal Secretions , Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins Company, 1932, p. 386. 12. Funk, C.; Harrow, B., and Lejwa, A.: The Male Hormone , Proc. Soc. Exper. Biol. & Med. 26:569, 1929; 13. The Male Hormone , Am. J. Physiol. 92:440, 1930. 14. Womack, E. B., and Koch, F. C.: Biochemical Studies on the Yield of Testicular Hormone from Tissues and Body Fluids and on Factors Affecting the Comb Growth Response in the Brown Leghorn Capon , Proc. Internat. Cong. Sex Research , London, 1930, p. 329. 15. Witherspoon, J. T.: The Treatment of Menstrual Disorders by Hormonal Therapy , New Orleans M. & S. J. 86:659, 1934. 16. Rosenthal, T., and Kurzrok, R.: Proc. Soc. Exper. Biol. & Med. , 30: 1150, 1933. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Dermatology and Syphilology American Medical Association

EFFECT OF HORMONES OF THE SEX GLANDS ON ACNE

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Abstract It has been stated that cases of acne constitute about 8.5 per cent of all cases seen in dermatologic practice (Darier and Pollitzer1). The thought of the disease is a nightmare to young persons of both sexes and to their parents. A brief review of the etiologic factors as given in the textbooks of three generations of writers is therefore of interest. Jackson,2 in 1892, stated that youth is the greatest predisposing factor in acne; hereditary disorders of the digestive and sex organs were also mentioned as an influence in the production of symptoms. He considered that the development of sex organs and disturbances in menstruation affect the digestive mechanism and that in most cases acne is amenable to treatment through diet and regulation of the digestive functions. Stelwagon,3 in 1921, in summarizing the current views, touched on the theory that acne is due to parasitic invasion, References 1. Darier, J.: A Textbook of Dermatology , edited by S. Pollitzer, Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger, 1920. 2. Jackson, G. T.: Ready Reference Handbook of the Diseases of the Skin , Philadelphia, Lea Bros. & Co., 1892, p. 57. 3. Stelwagon, H. W.: Treatise on Diseases of the Skin , edited by H. K. Gaskell, Philadelphia, W. B. Saunders Co., 1921, p. 1091. 4. MacKenna, Robert W.: Diseases of the Skin , London, Ballière, Tindall & Cox, 1927, p. 377. 5. Curtis, A. H., and Novak, E.: Obstetrics and Gynecology , Philadelphia, W. B. Saunders Company, 1933. 6. Cutler, Max: The Cause of "Painful Breasts" and Treatment by Means of Ovarian Residue , J. A. M. A. 96:1201 ( (April 11) ) 1931;Crossref 7. Relation of "Chronic Mastitis," Cysts and Papillomas to Cancer of the Breast , J. A. M. A. 99:2152 ( (Dec. 24) ) 1932.Crossref 8. Knaus, H.: Zentralbl. f. Gynäk. 53:2193 ( (Aug. 31) ) 1929. 9. Zondek, B., and Aschheim, S.: Arch. f. Gynäk. 120:1, 1927.Crossref 10. Smith, P. E., and Engle, E. T.: Experimental Evidence Regarding the Rôle of the Anterior Pituitary in the Development and Regulation of the Genital System , Am. J. Anat. 40:159, 1927.Crossref 11. Allen, E.: Sex and Internal Secretions , Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins Company, 1932, p. 386. 12. Funk, C.; Harrow, B., and Lejwa, A.: The Male Hormone , Proc. Soc. Exper. Biol. & Med. 26:569, 1929; 13. The Male Hormone , Am. J. Physiol. 92:440, 1930. 14. Womack, E. B., and Koch, F. C.: Biochemical Studies on the Yield of Testicular Hormone from Tissues and Body Fluids and on Factors Affecting the Comb Growth Response in the Brown Leghorn Capon , Proc. Internat. Cong. Sex Research , London, 1930, p. 329. 15. Witherspoon, J. T.: The Treatment of Menstrual Disorders by Hormonal Therapy , New Orleans M. & S. J. 86:659, 1934. 16. Rosenthal, T., and Kurzrok, R.: Proc. Soc. Exper. Biol. & Med. , 30: 1150, 1933.

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Archives of Dermatology and SyphilologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Mar 1, 1935

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