Skin and spirituality - Part 1

THIS is the first of a three-part series on skin and spirituality.

While ‘contemplative dermatology’ in the context of this article is the practice of effective clinical dermatology in the setting of compassion and respect for the patient, these principles can be extended to all disciplines of medicine, including general practice.

Skin as a tri-zonal complex

The skin is conventionally viewed as the largest organ of the body, providing important functions such as barrier protection, insulation and temperature