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Excessive brain labor causes baldness? This is funny!

[When conducting research for my historical fiction series, Tapestry of LoveI sometimes run across historical trivia that is very funny.  I thought I’d share this one.]

Can you believe doctors once thought this was the reason for baldness?

This is an excerpt about the reason for Baldness from 1883 Ladies Guide in Health and Disease by Kellogg:

“There are two varieties of baldness, the ordinary form, and what is known as “patchy baldness, a form in which the hair is lost only in circumscribed spots. The loss of hair usually begins first at the temples, the forehead, or the crown, gradually extending. It is very common in old age, being the result of the general decline in nutrition which occurs in advanced life.baldness

When it occurs in early life, it most commonly results from the disease of the scalp known as dandruff. Baldness also results from eczema and from ringworm and favus. Temporary baldness does not infrequently follow erysipelatous, typhoid and other fevers. Baldness may be occasioned by anything which deteriorates the general health.

Excessive brain labor, resulting in congestion of the head and too much heat in the scalp, may produce it. It may be the result of dyspepsia, of excesses of various kinds, and of any debilitating disease. Men suffer more than women, which is probably due to the fact that women do not habitually overheat the head by the constant wearing of warm head coverings. In some cases, the disease is hereditary.”


RIBBON OF LOVE: 2nd edition – A Novel of Colonial America  – the true story of religion in America –Inspired by true historical events, Mary and Henry Pattenden flee to America to escape persecution –  It is almost impossible to put the book down until completion. – Dr. Don P. Brandon, Retired Professor, Anderson University 

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. now i know why i’m bald!!!!!!

  2. Greetings, would you happen to know anything about the drawing of father and child? The picture portrays a father reading to his daughter in a library. Any information would be wonderful thank you so much.

    1. No, I don’t know anything about it.

  3. Sim Davenport is this your problem buddy?

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