Image from page 478 of "A practical treatise on diseases of the skin, for the use of students and practitioners" (1897)
Publisher: Philadelphia, New York, Lea brothers & co.
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rovided with hair, such as the palms, soles, HYPERTROPHIES. 459 ungual phalanges, prepuce, glans penis, upper eyelids, and vermilionborder of the lips, are not the seat of the pilosis. As the growth of the beard in man is more or less associated withthe maturity of the sexual organs, so the hypertrichosis of womenand children is at times related to a precocious, perverted, or arrestedfunction of the generative organs. The reported instances of men-struation in female infants and children usually include a descriptionof abnormal pilary development about prematurely developed pudenda;and after the climacteric period, when some women conspicuously inexternal appearance begin to resemble individuals of the opposite sex,either isolated, thick, bristle-like hairs develop over the chin or lips,or the extreme hirsute condition may be reached. Duhring1 reportedone such case, which is illustrated by an excellent lithograph represent-ing the face of a woman provided with a superb beard. Fig. 56.
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The Russian Dog-faced Man. The influence of the sexual organs in the hypertrichosis of womenis well demonstrated in the following case coming under the authorsobservation. A married woman, thirty-three years of age, weighing one hundredand fifty pounds, mother of three healthy children, applied, in 1883,for relief of a general and facial hirsuties which had resulted in thegrowth of a full beard and moustache. She had not menstruated formore than a year, and had been pronounced by an expert to be pastthe climacteric. During 1884 and 1885 the author removed in suc-cessive operations the hairs of the face by the electrolytic methoddescribed below. Menstruation began while she was subject to theinfluence of the galvanic current in the operating-chair, and continuedthereafter irregularly, at times with intense pain and even menorrhagia.In 1886, after the last of the operations on the face, she rather sud-denly lost in weight, decreasing to one hundred pounds, and began to 1 Archives of Der
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