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Esperienze Dermatologiche 2021 June;23(2):39-41

DOI: 10.23736/S1128-9155.21.00515-X

Copyright © 2021 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English, Italian

Digital skin

Diego DAL SACCO

Private practitioner, Genoa, Italy


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The relationship between doctor and patient has deeply changed over time, passing from an asymmetric to a more symmetric and equal model. Technological development and a larger amount of transferable data on the Web have led to the creation of telemedicine and teledermatology, the use of which has deeply increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Social isolation has made many patients ask for online consultations, profoundly changing doctor-patient relationship and creating new models of body communication and representation: people’s digital identity becomes today more important than ever and digital body, particularly “digital skin,” gains the same influence of real body for some patients.


KEY WORDS: Telemedicine; Body dysmorphic disorders; Social isolation; Perception

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