In this world of ups and downs, songs help brighten our day. Songwriters seek to inspire us with their musical compositions and have even borrowed their lyrics from dermatology to achieve a certain effect. Thus words such as “skin” and “hair” can take on a much deeper meaning when used in song, as the following examples illustrate.
Sexually transmitted disease is alluded to in the popular oldie song “Poison Ivy,” recorded by The Coasters in 1959. It warns about a girl named Ivy, nicknamed “Poison Ivy,” because she has been around men spreading a disease that “Lord’ll make you itch!!”
Hoenig LJ, Burgdorf WHC. Dermatology on a High Note. JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149(10):1208. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.5897
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