Social Perceptions of Male Pattern Baldness. A Review

  title={Social Perceptions of Male Pattern Baldness. A Review},
  author={Ruth A. Henss},
  journal={Dermatology and Psychosomatics / Dermatologie und Psychosomatik},
  pages={63 - 71}
  • R. Henss
  • Published 1 June 2001
  • Art
  • Dermatology and Psychosomatics / Dermatologie und Psychosomatik
The paper presents a review of the empirical literature on strangers’ perceptions of male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia). It also discusses some sociocultural aspects of hair in general, and hair loss in particular. 

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