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May 2018

Inspection—A Fine Art

Author Affiliations
  • 1Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
JAMA Dermatol. 2018;154(5):630. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2018.0307

In fact, there are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk...

Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby (1838-1839)1

Before the advent of photography, paintings were the only way to immortalize a face. Dickens may have been right about the limited variations in turns of the mouth (the Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci, being a prime example) but he perhaps forgot the many features available for the artist to mold to their liking. One of these happens to be our largest organ system—the skin.

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