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January 14, 1928


Author Affiliations

Acting Assistant Surgeon, United States Public Health Service CLEVELAND
From the U. S. Public Health Service (Marine Hospital number 6) and from the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology of Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1928;90(2):94-99. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690290024007

Tattooing is the art of introducing coloring matters into the skin by means of which certain colorations or designs are made more or less indelible. It has been practiced since the most primitive times and has been found in every quarter of the globe. From passages in the earliest writings and from notes made by early explorers, we know that it existed in some form among the earliest peoples, and more recent explorers found it used by the natives of North and South America as far as the polar regions. It has been found on Egyptian mummies, and in the Bible Moses warned the Jews against its use. The highest form of the art was reached in the islands of the South Pacific and in Japan.

METHODS OF TATTOOING  Among primitive peoples the tattooer is held in high esteem, for he is a true artist. He occupies an exalted position

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