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As you know, the article by Dr. Shari Lipner just published in JAMA-Dermmatology (Onychomadesis Following a Fish Pedicure. JAMA Dermatol. 2018;154(9):1091-1092) claims that a case of toe nail loss in a woman who was treated at a fish spa was caused by the Doctor Fish, Garra rufa, even though no evidence was presented that the fish was actually identified, and even though most fish spas in the U.S. do not actually use Garra rufa. This fact was brought to the attention of the Journal editor prior to print publication of the report, but the editor chose to publish the article without modification and without the submitted review describing this concern.




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