The concept and importance of psychological factors
in many dermatoses is well established. Civilian and Army
practice has given the clinical impression that psychological
factors are the largest single cause of skin illness. There is
little published evidence to support this impression; part
of this thesis records work on the incidence of psychological
factors in an unselected group of skin out -patients.
A proportion of this group has been followed up with a view to
assessing the prognosis in these cases.