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September 8, 1993

Beauty Parlor Stroke: When a Beautician Becomes a Physician

Author Affiliations

National Board of Medical Examiners Philadelphia, Pa

JAMA. 1993;270(10):1198. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510100048024

To the Editor.  —I was puzzled by the use of the term iatrogenic arterial injury in the letter reporting five cases of beauty parlor stroke syndrome.1 The term iatrogenic originally referred to disorders that occurred by suggestion on the part of the physician but more recently has been expanded to encompass any disorder caused by a physician's treatment. The author of this interesting report apparently has further broadened the definition to refer to a serious medical condition caused by the action of another individual, not necessarily a physician. I would counsel against such slippage.