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January 2018

A Memorable Touch

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Orlando
  • 2private practice, Pembroke Pines, Florida
JAMA Dermatol. 2018;154(1):72. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.4403

A touch is a simple act people perform countless times each day. Yet a touch may leave behind a lasting impression, a sentiment captured by the beloved English poet John Keats (1795-1821) in his romantic poem To— (What Can I Do To Drive Away)1:

Touch has a memory. O say, love, say,
What can I do to kill it and be free…?

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