frequent claim is "this cure was kept secret by the dermatological
establishment so that they won't be put out of business". The
statement immediately makes the reader feel he/she is an informed
consumer. It seems to make sense. A cure would put dermatologists
out of business right? Wrong. Most dermatologists do not exclusively
consult on alopecia. Patients with alopecia are a small minority
in 90% dermatology clinics. Plus, many dermatologists are not reliant
on their patients for an income. Many are engaged in prepaid health
plans, group practice, full-time teaching, and government service.
Also consider that in many countries around the world (such as the
UK) health is a nationalized service. Doctors receive the same salary
no matter how many or how few patients they see with hair loss.
Doctors are becoming increasingly busy as people are more willing
to seek consultation. Reducing the workload is seen as a good thing
by most dermatologists.
From another point of view, if there was a miracle cure ask yourself
who would be in the best position to make most money from it? Dermatologists
of course! Administering that cure, even a one time application
cure, would most likely be done by dermatologists. Given most people
desperately want to keep or get back their hair, they will pay a
large amount of money to a dermatologist who would then make a nice
profit. Even with a permanent cure there will still be a constant
stream of people with alopecia walking thorough the dermatologist's
door as the next generation grows up and develops hair loss. A legitimate
example is hair transplantation. It works very well and it is a
one time treatment. Hair transplantation is a highly profitable
venture for any dermatologist.
Finally, it flies in the face of logic to believe that large numbers
of people would oppose the development of treatment methods that
might help themselves, their family, or friends. Dermatologists
worry about their hair loss too!