Photo of old truck driver with photoaging makes noise in the press - 11 July 2012

Contact Name: 
Raquel Ponte Costa
Release Date: 
11 July 2012

The New England Journal of Medicine recently reported on 66-year old William Edward Mcelligot, whose skin has been irreparably damaged by the sun only on the left side of his face. The damage was caused in the course of Mcelligot’s 28-year career as a delivery truck driver, where the left-side of his face was constantly exposed to the sun through the truck’s side window. The photo published by the New England Journal of Medicine hit the press everywhere in the world in the past months (see article here).


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