Medicine: Emotional Skins

The skin responds to emotion as much as the stomach or heart. On a skittish skin some emotional effects (such as blushing) are transient, others may become chronic.

Last week a nervous, finger-twiddling German dermatologist, Dr. Eugene Traugott Bernstein, 45 (now exiled in Manhattan), published in International Clinics a synopsis of his little-known medical subspecialty: curing skin troubles which are of psychic origin.

Emotions affect the skin by first disturbing the sympathetic nervous system, then the blood vessels, muscles and nutrition of the skin itself. The reaction is a kind of bad habit,...

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