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June 2015

True Colors

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JAMA Dermatol. 2015;151(6):641. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.107

“True colors are beautiful like a rainbow”
From the song True Colors by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly

Dermatology may be medicine’s most colorful specialty. Just about every color has a dermatology-related eponym, including the patriotic colors of red, (erythroderma), white (leukoderma), and blue (blue nevus, blue man syndrome [argyria], and cyanosis [Latin for “blue disease”]).

Here are some interesting facts behind dermatology’s colorful eponyms.

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