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Bisi, R.H. (1956). Dermatosis in a Case of Postpartum Psychosis. Psychoanal Q., 25:348-356.

(1956). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 25:348-356

Dermatosis in a Case of Postpartum Psychosis

Ricardo H. Bisi, M.D.


Throughout life the cutaneous surface of the body is frequently a medium for the expression of psychopathological disorders which are the result of oral, anal, or genital conflicts. Some clinical data are presented from the analysis of a woman who

developed a severe facial acne when she suffered a deep postpartum psychotic regression. The patient's irresistible compulsion to squeeze the pustules of the acne was an act of partial self-destructive punishment in which the aggression she felt against her child and her mother was turned against herself.

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