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A Love of Dermatology

Alanna F. Bree, MD1; Patrick Cole, MD1; Elaine C. Siegfried, MD2
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1Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
2Departments of Pediatrics and Dermatology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri
JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(2):121-122. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.7796.
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Beginning in antiquity, the stylized heart has symbolized the spiritual, emotional, and moral core of human character. Over 2 millennia ago, the Roman surgeon Galen believed the heart to be the seat of emotion.1 Stoics taught that it physically represented the soul, and Aristotle considered the heart to be the origin of all logical thought, reason, and passion.1,2 What the traditional heart shape actually depicts remains unclear. Bearing only slight resemblance to the anatomic human heart, many claim the symbol arose from the ancient Sumerian cuneiform for woman.2 Nevertheless, the shape continues to represent romantic love the world over, as evidenced on St Valentine’s Day each February.

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Cutaneous Hearts, Each Distinctive and Unique

Shown are a café au lait macule (A), lentigo (B), nevus spilus (C), halo nevus (D), acquired nevus (E), congenital nevi (F-J), hemangioma (K), salmon patch (L), acne excoriée (M), and a venous insufficiency ulcer (N).

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