[When conducting research for my historical fiction series, Tapestry of Love, I 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.
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.”