Baldness: A Social History

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Each year, men spend an enormous amount of time and money searching for a cure to male pattern baldness. Numerous psychological assessments indicate that the reasons behind their futile efforts are sound: attitudes toward bald men are overwhelmingly negative.

From the first torturous attempts at hair implants to the faddish, well-hyped drug treatments of today, the extremes to which men have gone in an effort to regrow hair or cover their bald scalps are examined in this work. The various causes for baldness advanced by credible members of the medical establishment over the years are detailed, as well as instances of outright quackery prompted by numerous individuals and companies. Wigs, weaving, transplants, flaps and scalp reduction are among the techniques explained.

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The author considers theories of the causes of male pattern baldness, cures of hair loss from the medical establishment, various kinds of quackery, and attitudes towards what he calls "rugs, plugs, and drugs." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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the author considers theories of the causes of male pattern baldness, cures of hair loss from the medical establishment, various kinds of quackery, and attitudes towards what he calls 'rugs, plugs, and drugs'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786440795
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/17/2008
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Cultural historian Kerry Segrave is the author of dozens of books on such diverse topics as drive-in theaters, lie detectors, jukeboxes, smoking, shoplifting and ticket-scalping. He lives in British Columbia.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
1 Bald Facts and Fictions 3
2 Hats, Ivory Domes, Razors, and Dangerous Barbers 14
3 Everything Under the Sun 32
4 Rubbing, Blistering, and Electrifying 51
5 Desperately Seeking Hair 66
6 Wigs and Weaving 91
7 Implants 99
8 Transplants, Flaps, and Scalp Reductions 109
9 Celebrities and Politicians 121
10 Bald Attitude 129
11 This Is Not Snake Oil 147
Notes 171
Bibliography 195
Index 209
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