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Notable Notes
December 2015

The Sweetest Specialty

Author Affiliations
  • 1St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guys’ and St Thomas’ NHS Trust, London, England
JAMA Dermatol. 2015;151(12):1337. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.3151

Classical dermatologic descriptions are ripe in reference to sweets and desserts, making dermatology the sweetest specialty among the medical fraternity.

The ripples of incontinentia pigmenti are said to resemble marble cake, and infants with extramedullary hematopoesis are said to have the appearance of blueberry muffins. “Honey crusts” are a classic sign in impetigo, and honeycomb atrophy is seen in atrophoderma vermiculatum. Juvenile plantar dermatosis is said to have a glazed appearance, evoking thoughts of a freshly glazed pastry, and frosting is the end point sought in chemical peels.