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September 2016

Patterns From the Past—Laurel Wreaths and Comb-overs

Author Affiliations
  • 1Nova Southeastern University School of Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 2Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
  • 3New York Medical College School of Medicine, New York
  • 4Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, University Park
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(9):1020. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.6065

Male pattern baldness remedies date as far back as 1550 bc, when the Egyptians suggested a 4-day topical application of fats from a hippopotamus, crocodile, lion, and snake, mixed with onions, alabaster, red lead, and honey.1,2 Across various cultures and time frames, the strong emphasis on hair has surpassed simple aesthetics and has come to signify one’s status, strength, and sexuality.

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