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A branch of medicine, at the interface of psychiatry and dermatology, devoted to the diagnosis, classification, treatment, and prevention of disorders in which psychological factors are present together with signs or symptoms in the skin. The term was introduced in 1974 by the Dutch psychiatrist, sexologist, and dermatologist Herman Musaph (1915–92) in an article entitled ‘Psychodermatology’ in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. See also hypnodermatology. psychodermatologist, n. One who practises psychodermatology. psychodermatological adj. [From Greek psyche soul or mind + English dermatology, the study of the skin, from Greek derma, dermatos the skin + logos word, discourse, or reason]

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