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May 2016

Dermatologic Marvels—Hypertrichosis

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  • 1University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, Miami, Florida
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(5):552. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.4846

Carnivals and circuses have always attracted spectators to witness the spectacular, unusual, and intriguing. These events would expose people with genetic abnormalities, displaying a phenotype that could easily entice a crowd. The most famous, Fedor Jefitchew, also known as “Jojo the Dog-Faced Boy,” was exhibited in the late 1800s. Most recently in 2011, 11-year-old Supatra Sasuphan from Thailand was named the “World’s Hairiest Girl” by the Guinness Book of World Records. Both of these alluring humans suffered from a rare dermatologic condition known as generalized hypertrichosis.1

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