In 2012, I created the term Alopeciology as a new word in the hair loss lexicon. "Alopecia" refers to "hair loss" and the root 'ology' refers to the "study of" or "science of". To me, Alopeciology was a great term to describe the study of all things hair.
And so I gave a lecture in 2012 to doctors in training termed "Basic Skills for the Developing Alopeciologist."
Patients, doctors, and family members all study alopeciology in one form or another. In the grand view, the (yet unwritten) imagined textbook of "Alopeciology" has many chapters - including those that describe what it's like to have and live with alopecia. Those chapters are mainly read by patients and families - but need to be read more often by doctors and heath care providers. The textbook also has chapters on the diagnosis and treatment of hair loss and the science behind hair loss conditions. These chapters are read mainly by doctors and health care providers - but more needs to be done in the world to do a better job to convey this information to patients.
We are all students of Alopeciology.
Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Vancouver office at 604.283.9299