Vail Reese, Dermatology in Cinema 2018


Vail Reese, MD
Hot Spots 2018
Sunday, August 19th, 2018


-Precedent for analyzing Dermatology in Cinema
-3 Categories:
-Evil characters
-Actors with skin conditions
-Sympathetic characters
-What has changed in 20 years?
-Onscreen representation of albinism
-Celebrity skin and the internet
-Animated films and skin


The Dermatology in the Cinema website:

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Reese V. Dermatology in the Cinema. Medscape website May 2002

Crowley JA, Reese V, Wagner R. Dermatologic Features of Classic Movie Villains: The Face of Evil. JAMA Dermatol. 2017 Jun 1;153(6):559-564. doi: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.5979.

Ryan, MP, Reese V, Wagner RF. Dermatologic Depictions in Animated Movies. British Journal of Dermatology,  online  June 2018

Chan C, Wagner R. Dermatology at the Movies. Clin Dermatol 2009;27(4):419-421.

AFI’s 100 Greatest Heroes and Villains., American Film Institute. Retrieved from, 1 Feb. 2016.

Chard M. 5 Film Albinos (And Everything That’s Wrong With Them). Retrieved from 1 Feb. 2016.

Doland A. Da Vinci Code Premier Sparks Protests. The Orange County Register 16 May 2006. Web. 1 Feb. 2016 <>.

Blair E. Why Are Old Women Often The Face of Evil in Fairy Tales and Folklore? National Public Radio. 28 Oct. 2015. Radio.

Goldman L.  Dermatology in art.  Arch Dermatol Syphilol 1937;36:1197-1201.

Marchionini A.  The relationship of dermatology to the arts and sciences.  Arch Dermatol 1961;83:15-25.

Borroni G. Alopecia areata and moral judgement in the history of art.  Am J Dermatopathol 1992;14:170-173.

Ober, WB.  To cast a pox; The iconography of syphilis.  Am J Dermatopathol 1989;11:74-86.

Sorsby A.  Noah–an albino.  Am J Dermatopathol 1982;4:235-238.

Ginsberg IH, Link BG.  Feelings of stigmatization in patients with psoriasis.  J AM ACAD DERMATOL 1989;20:53-63.

Callé SC, Evans JT.  Plastic surgery in the cinema, 1917-1993.  Plast Reconstr Surg 1994;93:422-433.

Hyler SE.  DSM-III at the cinema:  Madness in the movies. Comprehensive Psychiatry 1988;29:195-206.

Dion K, Berscheid E, Walster E.  What is beautiful is good. J Pers Soc Psychol 1972;24:285-290.

Lanigan SW, Cotterill JA:  Psychological disabilities amongst patients with port wine stains.  Br J Dermatol 1989;121:209.

Tibbles, JAR.  The Proteus syndrome:  the elephant man diagnosed.  Br Med J 1986;293:683.

Shuster S., Fisher GH, Harris E, et al.  The effect of skin disease on self image.  Br J Dermatol 1978;9:S18-S19.

Porter JR, Beuf AH, Lerner A, et al.  Psychosocial effect of vitiligo: A comparison of vitiligo patients with “normal” control subjects, with psoriasis patients, and with patients with other pigmentary disorders. J AMER ACAD DERMATOL 1986;15:220-224.

Rumsey N, Bull R, Gahagan D.  The effect of facial disfigurement on the proxemic behavior of the general public.  J Applied Social Psychol 1982;12:137-150.

Coles RB, Ryan TJ.  The psoriasis sufferer in the community.  Br J Dermatol 1975;93:111-113.


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