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August 2009

The Creature of Habits

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Copyright 2009 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2009

Arch Dermatol. 2009;145(8):962. doi:10.1001/archderm.145.8.962

For nigh on 2 decades, this journal has offered me the opportunity in the “Archives a Century Ago” to exercise my left brain: analyzing, comparing, and recounting the history of dermatology within the context of medicine and the wider world. I am now doubly honored to be allowed to use my right brain to address the same issues in a more visual, idiosyncratic fashion. Knowing too many artists, I hesitate to glorify these irregular contributions as Art, but they do come from another part of my soul, and I hope they find some resonance in you, the Readers. This inaugural feature of “The Other Half ” I call The Creature of Habits (Figure).