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February 2013

Skin Pores in Persian Medical Textbooks

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Author Affiliations: Traditional Iranian Medicine Research Association, Student's Scientific Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149(2):215. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.1859

“Skin pores” as an informal term is used for the outlet of “pilosebaceous units and sweat-producing glands.” However, “traditional Persian medicine,” as one of the branches of complementary medicine with roots that go back earlier than 8000 BC,1 has fully described “skin pores/pores” with the special term of “masams.”2,3 This rich school of traditional medicine believes that masams play an important role in the appearance of some symptoms and diseases and uses them in the management of many disorders.2,3

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