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The psychology of hair loss and its implications for patient care

      Hair, especially scalp hair, is imbued with greater social and psychological significance than with biological importance. Hair provides some cranial cushioning and shielding from the sun’s rays; however, throughout history and across cultures, hair conveys considerable symbolism.
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      History of baldness From magic to medicine.
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      Morris, D. Bodywatching: A field guide to the human species. New York: Crown, 1985:21–36.

      It can serve as a social signal of gender, age, status, values, and group membership. From monks to skinheads, prisoners of war to warriors, “bigwig” European aristocrats to moptop Beatles, and hippies to head-shaven celebrity athletes, hair makes a statement, whether chosen or imposed.
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