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January 2016

Pockmarked

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  • 1Private practice
  • Walter H. C. Burgdorf, MD
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(1):114. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2014.3124

“Pockmarked” has become a common adjective. Just glancing in the Internet, one can read about battlefields pockmarked by old shell impacts, a country landscape pockmarked by gravel pits, a lawn pockmarked by gopher holes, or the surface of the moon pockmarked by sites of meteorite impact. When geologists discovered holes in the ocean floor off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, during the 1960s that were caused by fluids erupting and leaking through the sediments, they named them pockmarks.1

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