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July 2016

Flower Power—The Versatility of Bloodroot

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
  • 2University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville
  • 3Florida Atlantic University College of Medicine, Boca Raton
  • 4Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(7):824. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.5522

In preparation for battle, Native American warriors often gathered together to apply war paint as a way to communicate their courage and skill on the battlefield. A warrior renowned for his success in hand combat might bear a symbol in the shape of a hand, and someone who was especially agile might display a zig-zag on their skin.1 Each design possessed a specific meaning and could be used to intimidate, camouflage, or seek spiritual protection.1

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