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November 2016

Super Skin

Author Affiliations
  • 1The University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Galveston
  • 2University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(11):1208. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.6355

People have always fantasized about the limits of human potential. Myths, legends, and folktales of people with superhuman abilities are spread across many cultures present over countless centuries. “Superheroes” are evident in countless works of art, including sculptures, paintings, music, video games, movies, and literature. Superheroes appeal to us on a very deep level, with many of their stories and abilities portraying or embodying an extreme of a normal human quality. This Notable Note is devoted to a few examples of fictional superhuman skin and why they might resonate with us on a personal level.