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December 2013

The Importance of Being Fragrant

Author Affiliations
  • 1Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC
  • 2Childrens’ National Medical Center, Washington, DC
JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149(12):1413. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.7556

They would often strip me naked from top to toe, and lay me at full length on their bosoms; wherewith I was much disgusted because, to say the truth, a very offensive smell came from their skins … I conceive that my sense was more acute in proportion to my littleness, and that those illustrious persons were no more disagreeable to their lovers, or to each other, than people of the same quality are with us in England.1
(Dr Lemuel Gulliver, Brobdingnag, 1703)

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