Dermatology Blog

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Kraissl Lines - A Map

Dr. Eric Maranda MD, FAAD

An unavoidable and often unsightly complication of elective surgery is the inevitable scarring that follows. Placing elective surgical lines of incision in favorable locations minimizes the aesthetic and functional loss due to scar contracture.


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Garbanzo-Icchen-Cowardly-Pox

Dr. Eric Maranda MD, FAAD

Recognize this infectious disease? It’s highly unlikely—but had the etymology gone slightly differently, you undoubtedly would have. Widely known today by the moniker “chickenpox,” the origin of the name (and the disease itself) has led to quite a bit of head scratching.


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Porphyria and Vampirism—A Myth, Sensationalized

Dr. Eric Maranda MD, FAAD

Imagine that seated in the waiting room of your office is a pale stranger wearing a flowing black cape. In a halting Slavic accent, he complains of an aversion to sunlight and claims that his condition temporarily improves with ingestion of exogenous blood.


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Witches and Warts

Dr. Eric Maranda MD, FAAD

The appearance of warts in fairy tales, folklores, and superstitions throughout history provides a rich source of theories of the causes of warts as well as a variety of suggested remedies.


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The Salem Witch Trials—Bewitchment or Ergotism

Dr. Eric Maranda MD, FAAD

The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 represent not only a dark time in colonial America but also a curious medical mystery. The trials began when several young girls in Salem, Massachusetts, fell ill and developed unexplained symptoms, including temporary blindness, skin lesions, convulsions, and hallucinations.


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