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May 2018

Speaking With Your Hands—The History of the Manicure

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
JAMA Dermatol. 2018;154(5):595. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2018.0303

Fingernails. These plates of alpha-keratin punctuating our fingertips represent an ideal canvas for expression, one that is eminently visible to others and ourselves. The figures support this observation; nail salon revenue in the United States has been estimated at more than $8 billion a year, a figure akin to the gross domestic product of a small nation (and is actually comparable with that of the Bahamas).1 This figure also sheds light on the importance of properly manicured nails in modern society.

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