A terminology affair: trichotillomania or trichotillotic.

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Shelleh H.H., Asad M.H., Mansoor M. 2000. A terminology affair: trichotillomania or trichotillotic. Eur. J. Pediat. Dermatol. 10 (4):211-2.


Shelleh H.H. Asad M.H. Mansoor M.
pp. 211-2


Sometimes, a wrong term lives illegally in medical literature. It acquires its substantial life support from its current use in medical practice. Time then comes to build up a hard shell around it so that it survives. This unfortunately disappoints many academic workers in approaching and correcting the wrong term. As the latter becomes time honored, the terminology becomes a holy field surrounded by the holy rights of the first authors! Is the birth certificate of a term stronger than even a justified research, just for the priority of time? Why does a wrong term live despite swimming against the scientific current? Trichotillomania (TTM) is a second example (12). (...).


Trichotillomania, Trichotillotic