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March 2016

Enjoying Opera, Dermatology Style

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
  • 2private practice
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(3):327. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.2363

Opera has just about everything: great music, beautiful singing, talented performers, interesting plots, as well as a bit of medicine and dermatology thrown in. To enhance the appreciation of opera among physicians, we provide a discussion of several notable operatic works that explores the intriguing interface between opera and dermatology.

One of the most beloved of all operas is Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème, which premiered in 1896. The plot centers around the lives of impoverished artists residing in Paris’ Latin Quarter during the 1830s and on the romance between Rodolfo, a poet, and Mimi, a seamstress.

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