International Journal of Trichology

: 2019  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1--7

Autistic-undisciplined thinking in the practice of medical trichology

Ralph Michel Trueb1, Hudson Dutra2, Maria Fernanda Reis Gavazzoni Dias3 
1 Center for Dermatology and Hair Diseases Professor Trüeb, Zurich-Wallisellen, Switzerland
2 Department of Dermatology, Alvaro Alvim School Hospital, Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil
3 Department of Dermatology, Center of Medical Sciences, Fluminense Federal University, Antonio Pedro University Hospital, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Ralph Michel Trueb
Center for Dermatology and Hair Diseases Professor Trueb, Bahnhofplatz 1A, CH-8304 Wallisellen

Medical trichology is the branch of dermatology that deals with the scientific study of the hair and scalp in health and disease. As any discipline, the practice of medical trichology is not immune to malpractice, either deliberately or carelessly. In his publication “Autistic Undisciplined Thinking in Medicine and How to Overcome It,” Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler describes yet another form of malpractice in medicine reflecting autistic-undisciplined thinking. Autism is not limited to psychopathology, but inherent to the thinking of man throughout history in his drive for knowledge, with thousands of theories lacking any basis in reality. Bleuler recognized the drive character of autistic thinking and how it leads to conclusions that are unshakable because they are determined by, and fulfill, emotional needs, rather than rational argumentation. Even with correct questions, the complexity and incalculability of some problems are often so great that it cannot do justice to realistic thinking and the boundaries between inadequately substantiated hypothesis and autistic sham explanation disappear. Statistics, careful research design, and the attempt to impose stringent methods on our thinking are to be commended. The habituation of the public to useless medicine, to misconceptions, is not hygiene, but negligent endangerment. It has created an industry that largely lives on the autistic thinking of patients and doctors and because it is prosperous, makes propaganda among lay people as well as among doctors that necessarily leads to abuses. This article aims at exposing the most prevalent among abuses in trichological practice due to autistic-undisciplined thinking, specifically: iron supplementation, antiandrogenic treatment, and individualized cell-based therapy in female androgenetic alopecia, treatment of folliculitis decalvans with retinoids, and the value of nutritional therapies.

How to cite this article:
Trueb RM, Dutra H, Dias MF. Autistic-undisciplined thinking in the practice of medical trichology.Int J Trichol 2019;11:1-7

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Trueb RM, Dutra H, Dias MF. Autistic-undisciplined thinking in the practice of medical trichology. Int J Trichol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2023 Mar 24 ];11:1-7
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