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Rosacea in practice

Rosacea was first described in the 14th century by the French physician Guy de Chauliac in his famous manuscript Chirurgia Magna. The condition is also mentioned in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Shakespeare’s Henry V. The 15th century painting The Old Man and his Grandson by Ghirlandaio, which now hangs in the Louvre, also depicts the classical clinical features. Management of the condition at this time centred around blood letting and the application of leeches to the affected areas. The term 'acne rosacea' has now fallen into disuse with the realisation that acne vulgaris and rosacea are two completely
Dermatology in practice 2001; 9(6): 16–18
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