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In the course of the history, hirsutism has been described as a syndrome of male pattern hair growth, obesity and menstrual irregularity in women. Some authors described hirsutism as masculine hair growth only. However, in 1905 Bulloch and Sequiera described hirsutism in detail and explained the association of hirsutism, virilization, and masculinization along with the principal features of adreno-genital syndrome.

Historical Perspective

  • In 1905, Bulloch and Sequeira were the first to report cases of pre-pubertal virilizing changes due to adrenal cortex lesions.[1]
  • In 1910, DR. Apert used the term of "Adrenal virilism" for hirsutism.
  • In 1912, Dr. Gallais named hirsutism as "Adreno-genital syndrome".[1]
  • Between 1933 and 1953, Dr. Broster and Vines held various studies on the adreno-genital syndrome. Dr. Broster described the adreno-genital syndrome as a disorder including hirsutism before or after puberty and Cushing's syndrome.[1][2]
Barbara Vanbeck, a very hairy woman. Stipple engraving by G. Scott. Iconographic Collections,http://wellcomeimages.org/indexplus/obf_images/d2/24/c55c7cfa155542ac698a3b0cba23.jpg
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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 BROOKS RV, MATTINGLY D, MILLS IH, PRUNTY FT (1960). "Postpubertal adrenal virilism with biochemical disturbance of the congenital type of adrenal hyperplasia". Br Med J. 1 (5182): 1294–8. PMC 1967546. PMID 13804792.
  2. "CHAPTER I: A Clinical and Historical Review of Hirsutism, Cushing's Syndrome and Precocious Puberty". Acta Medica Scandinavica. 116 (S149): 1–9. 2009. doi:10.1111/j.0954-6820.1944.tb01683.x. ISSN 0001-6101.
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