Revisiting the history of the “Mongolian spot”: The background and implications of a medical term used today

Connie S. Zhong, Jennifer T. Huang, Vinod E. Nambudiri

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Abstract

“Mongolian spot” is a term still commonly used today and found in many dermatology textbooks. This article examines historic literature to understand the social and political climate at the time of its coining. By doing so, this article critically examines the choice of words in pediatric dermatology and how we can use medical terminology to gain the trust and respect of our patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)755-757
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Dermatology
Volume36
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Mongolian spot
  • congenital dermal melanocytosis
  • history of dermatology
  • history of medicine

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