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Why we should abandon the misused descriptor "erythema"

Finlay, A. Y., Griffiths, T. W., Belmo, S. and Chowdhury, M. M. U. 2021. Why we should abandon the misused descriptor "erythema". British Journal of Dermatology 185 (6) , pp. 1240-1241. 10.1111/bjd.20660

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The accurate meaning of “erythema” has become so adulterated that we should abandon its use as a descriptor. This is necessary for clarity of scientific thinking, precise communication, and appropriate education to reflect skin disease across the human race. We agree with Burgin et al1 that appropriate skin colour descriptors should be used. While editing the British Association of Dermatologists’ book Dermatology Training: the Essentials,2 we tried to ensure that text and images reflected multi-ethnic populations and diversity of disease presentations and reflected on the highly prevalent use of the word “erythema”.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0007-0963
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 10 September 2021
Date of Acceptance: 24 July 2021
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2022 18:18

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