Medicine: Down in the Mouth

Latest news from the psychosomatic front: many cases of trench mouth and inflammation of the gums start out as inflamed emotions. Said Research Assistant Sol J. Ewen of Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center: dentists should open up a little wider, get a mouthful of psychiatry.

In Chicago last week the American Academy of Dermatology and Syphilology got a pointer from Temple University Psychiatrist O. Spurgeon English: look for emotional troubles in a patient with eczema. "He cannot weep but his skin weeps for him. Eczema patients are usually depressed, and long for love, but they can't stand love when they get it." Love, English...

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