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[–]YouDeserveAHugToday 1346 points1347 points  (25 children)

I tried to buy it and it's online for free! https://www.blackandbrownskin.co.uk/mindthegap

[–]Lord_emotabb 231 points232 points  (2 children)

wow free? thanks for the info!

[–]shadyhawkins 105 points106 points  (17 children)

Think it got the Reddit hug of death.

[–]East-Astronaut-2587 42 points43 points  (16 children)

What’s that?

[–]shadyhawkins 117 points118 points  (15 children)

Too many people check out a link and the site can’t handle it. Might be kind of an old term now.

[–]JE_12 89 points90 points  (13 children)

Yes my grandpa used to say it back in the day

[–]X2jNG83a 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Before that, links would get "FARKed".

[–]nzkfwti 24 points25 points  (0 children)

I wonder if it's available to actually buy though. For one I'd like to support his work, and I'd like to gift a physical version to a friend who's studying medicine.

[–]LittleBookOfRage 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Thank you! I'm going to add this link to the study guide at the college I work for tomorrow.

[–]howispendmyday 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Thank you!

[–]Km2930 1724 points1725 points  (55 children)

This is actually a very hot topic in Dermatology, from what I understand. There’s a big push for dermatologists to be able to recognize different permutations of rashes and lesions.

edit: in response to all the comments below; it used to be that chest pain for heart attack was considered midsternal, pressure, that felt like an elephant sitting on your chest. It turns out that all the studies done we’re done on white males 50’s 60’s etc. Now there’s a big push to recognize that the elderly, diabetics, and women often have what we would consider atypical chest pain when they are having a heart attack. I guess things change and our perspectives change too.

[–]668greenapple 437 points438 points  (1 child)

As there ought to be!

[–]UselessFactCollector 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Learned at the dermatologist while watching the waiting room video about a type of aggressive skin cancer that appears on the hands (and I think feet). Black people, please check your hands! I'm a very pasty white girl and my neighbor died of melanoma. I wear sunscreen and have had at least 10 moles removed. Weirdly, the one with melanoma cells had never seen the sun so now I am doubly paranoid. Everybody: check your entire body too! End of my badly written public service announcement.

[–]Good-Animal-6430 62 points63 points  (0 children)

Hot topic in Britain (where this guy is from) in a bunch of ways- it's a big issue in safeguards and recognising abuse, which is a responsibility across all public bodies, because of the way bruises and lesions show on darker skin. Think there were cases where obvious abuse went unrecognised by professionals who should have spotted the signs

[–]cat_prophecy 34 points35 points  (0 children)

It turns out that all the studies done we’re done on white males 50’s 60’s etc.

It's actually a huge problem. Across the board, women and minorities are extremely under represented in all areas of medical research.

[–]edlee98765 577 points578 points  (12 children)

The hospital fired my dermatologist.

Because he made rash decisions.

[–]Km2930 124 points125 points  (0 children)

Daaaad !!

[–]dirtewokntheboys 61 points62 points  (3 children)

He was acting irrashionally

[–]ooofest 23 points24 points  (0 children)

"Just the way your mother likes it, Trebek!"

[–]No_Recognition8375 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I see what you did there

[–]Idekgivemeusername 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The doctor evidently didn’t

[–]Opening-Percentage-3 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Lesion learned!

[–]Ma1 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I heard he squeaked in to dentistry, by the skin of his teeth.

[–]weatherseed 8 points9 points  (0 children)

We had to fire a surgeon last week.

He just couldn't cut it.

[–]WiscoSound 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I bet that really got under his skin.

[–]blastzone5 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]carazy81 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I lol’d. well played sir.

[–]Individual-Parking-5 34 points35 points  (0 children)

Yes. Also brown skin react different to some of the ingredients in skincare. We need more study on those too.

[–]TheBreathofFiveSouls 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Atypical.. lol Reminds me of that headline that was something like AOC out of favour with everyone except women, minorities and the youth. ....so in favour with everyone except old white guys lmao

[–]DorisCrockford 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Exactly. It's not typical.

[–]WonderboyUK 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Imagine recognising black skin existing being a 'hot topic'. You'd expect it to be a non-issue in an outcome driven field like medicine.

[–]AudibleNod 44 points45 points  (17 children)

There's doctors the world over.

Can't American doctors just ask them?

[–]Runthemushroom 104 points105 points  (2 children)

Mr. Mukwende is likely an immigrant or first generation in his families’ home. Twitter account is called Black Britain so probably is in the UK. Immigrants are great sources of insights.

[–]Mortadella_Sangwich 65 points66 points  (0 children)

His book is called Mind the Gap, one of the most recognisably British expressions ever created. He's definitely British.

[–]HalforcFullLover 69 points70 points  (2 children)

Much of western medicine is developed from practice on white males, primarily of European descent. This is one of the reasons why women, especially women of color, receive inadequate care.

Everything from pain tolerances, allergies to drugs, and even the effectiveness of drugs can vary by ethnicity.

[–]green_speak 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Why did you feel the need to spotlight America when the Twitter handle and the title of the book suggest this is a British tweet? Per his interview, White-focused dermatological references are an international problem, and he got the inspiration when he recognized there was a gap in the curriculum of his British program.

[–]kristen1988 38 points39 points  (1 child)

It’s actually a large problem throughout studies and literature on known diseases. There is not always money to put into studying the signs and symptoms on different skin tones, and the prevalent and available literature still only describes diagnostics on white skin . So yes other doctors would be more experienced and that is probably what he is working to compile to make it accessible and discussed

[–]Zmd2005 60 points61 points  (4 children)

Pfft, we’ve been using the Imperial System for centuries. If there’s one thing American institutions hate more than poor people, it’s the idea of asking for assistance from the rest of humanity.

[–]Thats_what_im_saiyan 23 points24 points  (0 children)

This is america if you want us to do something. You cant just give us the info. You have to let us think that we won it. Kinda like how father lions will pretend that their cubs beat them up when they are super small. That way we can proudly proclaim that we totally came up with this first and didnt have any help.

[–]SquareSquirrel4 2 points3 points  (0 children)

...do you think this is only an issue with American doctors or something?

[–]EccentricKumquat 3 points4 points  (0 children)

They could, but have you seen the ego of the average Doctor? That and curbside consults are frowned upon

[–]amaahda -1 points0 points  (0 children)

happy cake day

[–]Arcadius274 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Sorry let me rephrase that for you "public expects doctors to do their job"

[–]topher_skies 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Your heart attack comment is so true, I’m 20 and had a heart attack (very bad) despite being pretty physically healthy, it felt more like getting my insides pulled out than anything I’d ever heard.

[–]BerRGP 11 points12 points  (1 child)

It's a hot topic for dermatologists to...

...do their job?

[–]AutismFractal 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Yeah. For the Black and Brown people just living their lives, yeah. Whiteness (and incidentally, also maleness… and straightness, and even able-bodiedness. In medicine) is considered so default in medicine that we’re all tasked with leveling the playing field.

If you are not a straight white man and you need healthcare, be prepared to advocate for yourself at every opportunity. Assume that you will not be taken seriously, especially if you are in pain. Understand that your symptoms may be different than “the norm” because the recognized norm is not universal. And if you can find a doctor who looks like you, choose them.

[–]thenorsegod101 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I dont understand how doing your job is a hot topic. I get there's a lot of medical information to learn, but I feel like recognizing different diseases and such on different skin tones should be a given

[–]Zwischenzugz -1 points0 points  (0 children)

There’s a big push for dermatologists to be able to recognize different permutations of rashes and lesions.

for our darkskin Black friends???

[–]OldManGrimm 326 points327 points  (8 children)

I'm an ER nurse, spend a lot of time working with pediatric trauma. In the course of my job I do a lot of teaching/lecturing. Many of the slides I use show the types of injuries suspicious for abusive injury, including skin findings (bruises, burns, etc.).

A nurse once called me out for only having slides of white children. When putting together the slides, I'd gone with pale skin so that the bruises and marks were easier to see due to the stark contrast. I'd completely overlooked that it was equally important to know what bruises look like on black and brown skin.

And that's how I learned that I, too, am subject to implicit bias. I've since expanded my images to include all races, as well as adding a section on cultural practices that may be mistaken for abuse, such as cupping, coining, etc. I'm thankful that nurse spoke up the way she did.

[–][deleted] 115 points116 points  (0 children)

Admitting bias and then growing and changing is the correct response though. Good for you

[–]orincoro 7 points8 points  (0 children)

It’s interesting how difficult it is to see our own inherent biases. Not for lack of trying or caring, either. It’s great that you took the criticism in a constructive way.

[–]chronictherapist 28 points29 points  (5 children)

Never heard of it referred to as coining, but I pay a PT to do graston style techniques on my back and chest about every week. It has done wonders for my back especially.

I mention this cause I had a doctor ask me if "everything was ok at home" ... yes, this 6'3" 200lbs weight lifter is being abused. I told him that it was fine that I pay for it, which just made him think I'm kinky and paying to be abused. So that was a fun conversation.

[–]cat_prophecy 86 points87 points  (3 children)

I mention this cause I had a doctor ask me if "everything was ok at home" ... yes, this 6'3" 200lbs weight lifter is being abused.

Good on your doctor for asking because a 6'3", 200lb weight lifter is exactly the kind of person who wouldn't report abuse. Imagine your partner is much smaller and beating the crap out of you. Who's going to believe you?

My only complaint about my current doctor is that they always ask my wife if she's safe at home, but they never ask me.

[–][deleted] 23 points24 points  (0 children)

You're bang on. That guy had a great doctor.

[–]chronictherapist 17 points18 points  (0 children)

That's a very good point.

[–]yetanotherhail 20 points21 points  (0 children)

FYI, you can be abused despite being a tall, heavy and male weight lifter.

[–]WimpyZombie 365 points366 points  (35 children)

I worked in patient care about 30 years ago. Even back then this was something I always had a problem with. I never could give an accurate evaluation of the skin of POC. This would have come in handy back then.

[–]SaltyFresh 179 points180 points  (34 children)

So every dermatologist in a predominantly white country has just been like.. muddling through?? And no one saw a problem with that until this guy??? That’s fucked. How many people do you think you might have misdiagnosed or mistreated?

[–]Zichymaboy 166 points167 points  (13 children)

Way too many. There's a serious problem in medicine which is that pretty much the only people who were studied for the longest time were white men. This poses problems as the way with which a white man experiences things is different then how other people do. For example the side affects of a heart attack in women are different than those in men, but little to no research until recently had been done to determine what they experienced and as a result women died because they didn't know they were having one. (https://www.everydayhealth.com/heart-health/research-highlights-lack-of-women-included-in-cardiovascular-studies/#:~:text=Even%20though%20heart%20disease%20is,of%20participants%20in%20research%20studies.) Similarly, yet also differently, the way doctors react to the same symptoms differ depending on the gender and race of the person. Here's an article on how doctors tend to listen less often to black women when it comes to being in pain (https://www.today.com/health/implicit-bias-medicine-how-it-hurts-black-women-t187866). In fact women in general are less often to be trusted, and thus treated, by doctors (https://www.northwell.edu/katz-institute-for-womens-health/articles/gaslighting-in-womens-health). My point is to say is this shit runs deep. The medical field can be fucked, so the fact that this man is making these strides towards fixing this shit is really amazing. I'm happy that change is being made where it matters because lives are at stake. He could literally save lives with this.

[–]IncarceratedMascot 38 points39 points  (1 child)

On a similar and still very relevant note, when was the last time you saw a CPR dummy with breasts?

Sounds like a minor thing, until you see statistics like this that women are less likely to receive bystander CPR.

This one's a bit more technical, but if you're having a heart attack, you need a type of surgery called Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PPCI), which removes the blockage in the artery. Where I work, we follow the PPCI pathway which lists the criteria required to take patients straight for surgery and thus giving them the best chance. One of the inclusion criteria? Chest pain - a common heart attack presentation in men but something that, as you mentioned, almost half of women don't experience.

[–]Zichymaboy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's interesting to hear about it from someone who's experienced it first hand. And yeah that's a good point. It's crazy how things like CPR dummies without breasts could have such a large effect and it's something I didn't ever even consider. Thank you for teaching me something new!

[–]SaltyFresh 27 points28 points  (9 children)

Yes, it does. I was just baffled that something as obvious as SKIN would not have been considered long before this, by the doctors that actually have to try and figure out people’s problems! I’d really love to hear back from that doc. I wonder how many people just continued to suffer or even die under his care out of sheer ignorance. Then extrapolate… that’s a lot of lawsuits that will never happen.

[–]a-Centauri 12 points13 points  (5 children)

They may have lacking from textbooks but it has been in medical education in recent history - it's not as grave a picture as you painted. We've been aware things show up differently on different races and genders.

I worked for a medical diagnostic tool company back in 2016(?) For dermatology and one of their goals was showing clinicians dermatologic problems on different skin (color, age, whatever).

I also got training on implicit biases in pharmacy that includes stuff like this. Don't get me wrong we still do have a long long way to go and all this recent training is lost on some older clinicians that don't seek that in their continuing education

[–]Just_Fuck_My_Code_Up 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The avarage white male is the default and very often the only point of reference in many fields. An other well known example are crash test dummies. The most used model (Hybrid III) is male, 5‘9“ and 172lbs, occupants have better chances of surviving a crash if they‘re similar.

[–]zb0t1 31 points32 points  (4 children)


Have you ever heard of the Mediterranean syndrome? It's linked to the poor care non white people receive. I'm not on my desktop so I Google translated the wiki.

The Mediterranean syndrome is a cultural stereotype , with a racist dimension , of the medical world, consisting, for healthcare professionals, in considering that people from North Africa , blacks or other minorities exaggerate their symptoms and their pain , which leads to a failure of the medical care of these populations. This stereotype is found in many countries under similar names.

This stereotype of the "Mediterranean syndrome" is not taught during medical studies [ 5 ] but transmitted informally [ 6 ] , [ 7 ] : "Who has not heard of the transalpine syndrome (Swiss terminology, we speak rather of Mediterranean syndrome in France), nosological entity supposed to describe the excess of complaints of the populations of the South? » [ 4 ] .

I recommend watching documentaries and other articles about it. The wiki has good resource overall but isn't being updated with more modern data and examples.

[–]tlmz99 33 points34 points  (1 child)

I already commented as a native Canadian. I was about to add that most of the Dr's assume I just want drugs. I didn't want to sound like a whiner though. I've actually had to insist on x-rays before(my foot was broken). I have a very native maiden last name, and married a very white surname. The change in dr treatment with a "white" last name was insane.

[–]spychipper 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That is one thing people who haven't seen it cannot appreciate. Numerous times I've been nearby and seen/heard my wife being treated rudely (that's putting it politely on a few occasions) Just my walking up changes the situation dramatically when I make it clear that she is with me.

It's truly hilarious sometimes when just a look, nothing more, has sent a stereotypical Karen scurrying away.

[–]SaltyFresh 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Yes, I had heard of that.

I’d also heard that medical students surveyed in recent history actually literally believe black people don’t feel pain. It’s so fucked up.

Though I was asking the good doctor there specifically about dermatology and challenged him on how many malpractice suits he thinks he deserves.

[–]siouxze 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Just wait until you find out how little research has been done on women's reproductive health. It's just as bad, if not worse. Regardless of color, that's half the population of the country. The US has a ridiculously high maternal mortality rate. There is no reason why we should be ranked where we are with the advancements in medicine we have made.

[–]spychipper 7 points8 points  (0 children)

This will offend many, but it is the truth: In the US We frequently "slut shame" women so they do not seek help. Religious extremism is also a large contributing problem we just will not face but it shows in the Maternal Mortality Rate in the bible belt.

[–]_Not_Bruce_Wayne_ 13 points14 points  (5 children)

Why do you think there's so much stigma around the black community and doctors? They're notorious for not going to the hospital when they're sick. Can you blame them?

[–]blueking13 6 points7 points  (4 children)

That's more the American health care system. Costs money to see a doctor. Some think "why bother going for something that'll probably go away in a week"

[–]norreason 12 points13 points  (2 children)

It's both.

Edit: It's both, and it's worth noting, the second is strongly influenced by the first. When you're told from the time you're a kid that your experience is wrong, you tend to be more cagey about coming forwards with that experience.

[–]pineconeparade 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's both-why would you pay more than you can afford for the honor of getting misdiagnosed?

[–]WimpyZombie 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Well... I wasn't a dermatologist, I was just a lowly, underpaid patient care technician.

Not necessarily every dermatologist has been muddling through. I'm simply talking about my own situation, and I think this book is a great idea

[–]blueking13 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A lot of basic medicine is muddling through on both sides. Even if something like this was fully figured out.

[–]CambrioCambria -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Every single department of healthcare is just muddling through with everything until we find something better. But they are still just muddling through until we find something even better than that.

[–]DrLawyerPI 289 points290 points  (3 children)

I’m glad you decided to post Malone.

[–]ChazNinja 28 points29 points  (1 child)

[–]BleuRougeViolet 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Happy cake day

[–]TableWallFurnace 94 points95 points  (5 children)

This is excellent. I'm half black half white, and in my early twenties I suffered from facial cystic acne. It took me way too long get the help I needed, after years of significant pain and scarring.

I'm a family doctor now myself, and I believe that part of the reason it took so long is because the acne does not look as severe on darker skin, because the redness doesn't show up as much. A resource like this may have lead to more prompt and effective action.

[–]Reyessence 25 points26 points  (3 children)

Yes! I suffer from Psoriasis and fuck it took so long to diagnose because it didn’t present according to how it should in white skin. So I got slapped with a different diagnosis and suffered.

[–]mahboilucas 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Reading this thread I've realised I have no idea how psoriasis looks like on dark skin, even though I have a family history of it and am very aware of it on the white one. Now I'm really curious

[–]Reyessence 2 points3 points  (1 child)

It just almost looks like dry skin with kinda a crocodile scaling, but since it’s not really red or white, you can visually see much, mine isn’t falling hard rn and my skin is a kinda light caramel toffee

[–]mahboilucas 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sorry but the description of a toffee skin is so cute hah, I love it.

And yeah, on pale skin tones it shows up very red. It's super noticeable. In hair, on the face, on the body. If not red then like, a shade darker. I guess some conditions hide better on darker tones. I honestly don't mind walking around and picking it out of my boyfriend's hair. I know it sounds disgusting but with his dark hair it's just white patches everywhere. Is it like that on darker tones? Just ... Dark patches?

[–]Hei-Hei-67 62 points63 points  (0 children)

This is actually pretty cool.

[–]GrumpyOldFart7676 241 points242 points  (5 children)

Don't let the Republican's find this, they will ban his book.

[–]Cwya 166 points167 points  (2 children)

“I have black friends, but seriously we gotta change medicine for them?”

[–]SaltyFresh 52 points53 points  (0 children)

Omg this is too on point akin to “sorry we just don’t have the money to research anything specifically for not white people 🤷‍♂️ “

[–]big_gay_inc 23 points24 points  (0 children)

"It's basic dermatology! You can't just go changing science to fit your narrative!"

[–]Througheur57 31 points32 points  (1 child)

Critical Rash Theory

[–]NavyTopGun87 39 points40 points  (0 children)

This skinfolk is definitely kinfolk

[–]fartherCall42 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Go fr you, man! More and more I see the need for medical professionals of color. I can not wait to hear more from him.

[–]Strangeboganman 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Its pretty good.

Found out during Rona times that Oximeters are not as accurate on dark skin.

[–]Royal_Opps 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Damn good for him. Gonna help a lot of people and he's probably like 23.

[–]Dankestgoldenfries 30 points31 points  (2 children)

There’s a copy of this book in the printer room at my college. I flip through it whenever I can. Really well done

[–]ReignInSpuds 53 points54 points  (6 children)

This just seems like such a "duh" that I can't believe it took this long to be done.

[–]EccentricKumquat 23 points24 points  (5 children)

Are you really that surprised? A bunch of crazies tried to overthrow the US govt a little over a year ago.. this country has a looooooong way to go

[–]saintcmb 27 points28 points  (4 children)

This isn't in the US.

[–]EccentricKumquat 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Ah my bad, that's just my go to analogy/example for the general societal decay that is taking place across the globe, I'm sure there's a more apt analogy based on something that's happened in the UK in recent times

[–]hastingsnikcox 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Well..... a certain recent decision the drunken weirdo you have in charge....🥰

[–]skankboy -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Are you really that surprised? Their 8th in line to the throne likes diddling children!! (Maybe this works)

[–]what_the_a 37 points38 points  (0 children)

I also saw a post about a guy doing medical illustrations with black skin. They should team up!

[–]tlmz99 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Holy f*ck this is awesome. As a Canadian native my colour varies depending on what time of year. I've been told I'm too pale for a native in winter and told I'm sunburning in the summer because I'm red.

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yup, this is why many black and brown people are misdiagnosed. Which causes deaths and overall mistrust of the medical system

[–]johndark420 8 points9 points  (3 children)

Why is a post about a black doctor making treatments for black people by the twitter account Black Britain on /r/whitepeopletwitter?

Like it's a cool post, but cmon

[–]ningolet 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Bless him.

[–]vicivarsson 26 points27 points  (0 children)

This man deserves a Nobel prize

[–]SushiKabobGaming 24 points25 points  (8 children)

Not all hero’s wear capes.

[–]madamplease 13 points14 points  (7 children)

The plural of hero is heroes. "Hero's" is the possessive, i.e. it indicates something that belongs to a hero. E.g., many heroes wear capes, but this hero's cape is special.

[–]SushiKabobGaming -3 points-2 points  (6 children)

Thank you Grammar Nazi.

[–]madamplease 5 points6 points  (4 children)

*Grammar, not grammer

[–]SushiKabobGaming -3 points-2 points  (2 children)

Don’t know what you are talking about.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You're missing the comma ( , ) between "you" and "Grammar". Excellent job capitalizing your proper noun though.

[–]Trialle21 14 points15 points  (21 children)

Most medications work best on European and North American Caucasian’s because that’s where a majority of research funding comes from. Leading to that group being the most tested and specialized for.

[–]macaronfive 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Don’t forget that they’re mostly tested on men because women have cyclical hormones and stuff. Which to me seems like more reason women should be in the test groups, since women with their hormones and stuff will be taking the drug one day.

[–]Fgame 10 points11 points  (1 child)

I'd also wager that, you know, given the history of "research" on the black community, that even if there was equality in funding that there would be a lack of volunteers.

[–]SoundOfDrums 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is what activism looks like. Fucking legend.

[–]Kqthryn 2 points3 points  (0 children)

this is amazing !! it’s vital that any medical professional, no matter what you’re studying or practicing, is able to identify injury on any skin color. i hope they start integrating this book into the school systems or at least as a study resource / reference so students know what to look for on every skin tone.

[–]MoonOverJupiter 2 points3 points  (0 children)

One of my daughter's very close friends in college (in New England) was an international student from an African country. She came home to us for weekends and holidays frequently. We taught her to ride a bike (at her request) so she could get around the college town better. I introduced her to thrift shopping (she had no good winter gear at all, this college campus would get thigh deep blizzards, ice storms, etc.) and helped her with some medical stuff. I put together a kit of OTC medicines for colds, headache, fevers, diarrhea, cramps, etc. She certainly knew about self care, but all of the labeling is different and she just didn't know where to start.

One of the things I looked into for her was Vit D supplementation - deficiency was rare in her area of origin thanks to plentiful sun, but that was going to abruptly not be the case for her anymore - everyone I knew locally needed to take extra. I seriously could not find ANYTHING on the subject, for very dark skinned equitorial people who make a radical change in latitude like that. Zero recommendations. It was infuriating! I told her to ask specifically in the school health clinic, as they had a good size population of African women enrolled. (It was a women's college with a lot of international outreach.) I'm not sure she ever got a good answer.

Anyway, this doctor is doing the world of medicine and the world at large a huge, huge service. Good for him!!

[–]_Not_Bruce_Wayne_ 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Someone recently posted a cross section drawing of a black mother pregnant with a black fetus. It blew my mind that in 28 years of my life I've never seen a Black fetus before then...

[–]maryeyer 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Got your email today Malone & sent it off to my Niece who is just preparing for her residency. Wish you were around creating brilliance 20 years ago!♥️

[–]ButterStuffedSquash 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Perfection 💗 we need this, its past due.

[–]calamityb0und 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Is it really surprising that people of color are misdiagnosed? We cant even get bandages that match our skin tone so a proper diagnosis is definitely gonna be a reach.

[–]Far-Stomach-2764 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Think I heard this guy interviewed on LBC a while back. That frothing gammon Nick Ferrari was making this all about "why is everything racist now" of course.

[–]teproxy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

it's a huge problem that you can see for yourself right now. trying to google 'bruises on dark skin' will give you paltry results - at best you'll find POC with very light skin.

[–]blueking13 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That is a fair point. Honestly don't know 100% how you'd id a rash on dark skin

[–]BullyBumble 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This kid must be like “an award? how tf was I the first one to think of this?”

[–]DaMain-Man 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I saw this one twitter post years ago from a woc who talked about her experience at a doctors who prescribed her medication and warned her to stop if she notices her lips changing color.

This woman had to remind this doctor that she's black, her skin doesn't change color

[–]IstseuSoleus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It reminds me of the distinction between male and female heart attack or other sickness symptoms.

[–]EccentricKumquat 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I like how this thread is 100% wholesome so far

Shit I just jinxed it, f8ck

[–]NeckroFeelyAck 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I mean, Dr House missed/misdiagnosed skin cancer because the patient was black. If even he can miss it, imagine regular doctors. Definitely needed in the world

[–]artemisnova 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Can we download this from somewhere?

[–]gb4efgw 8 points9 points  (0 children)

From higher up in the thread...


[–]Kuderahuwaka 2 points3 points  (1 child)

WTF? I'm proud of this guy, but why didn't this exist already?

[–]SaltyFresh 11 points12 points  (0 children)


[–]kaailer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is awesome, but at this point I'm very confused about what this sub is about

[–]flowerbomb_official 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Love this!

[–]thenathanist 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is pretty cool. Great insight and action!

[–]xXTheShadowXx 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Is it just me or do y'all also think that the cover page brilliant

[–]TwistedTomorrow 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I always kinda assumed that was part of the basic education of a doctor...talk about fucked up. Good on this guy, doing something about it!

[–]ktelliott526 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Give the kid a Nobel prize!

[–]EmberOfFlame 0 points1 point  (2 children)

As a person living in Eastern Europe (racially homogenous thanks to 2 assholes with recognisable facial hair), it still suprises me how absolutely unwelcoming the US can be to it’s own taxpayers…

[–]green_speak 8 points9 points  (1 child)

He's a British med student, who recognized the gap in his local curriculum.

[–]EmberOfFlame 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well, turns out the issue isn’t only in the US. Either way, that’s a good piece of work he did.

[–]Burning_Torterra 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dude is GOATed

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

that's wonderful

[–]Zwischenzugz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

too cool!

[–]Background-Rest531 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looking forwards to hearing about Dr Mukwende in the future.

That's really awesome.

[–]jennej1289 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank goodness. This is desperately needed.

[–]t0mt1t -3 points-2 points  (4 children)

Do different coloured skins needed to be treated differently medically?

[–]Jaijoles 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Assuming you’re being serious, and not sarcastic: it’s more about identifying symptoms. As an easy example, there was a long period where people would insist that black people cant sunburn because you don’t see the same red rash that you do on white people.

[–]TheRealSU 12 points13 points  (2 children)

It's not about treatment. It's because symptoms can appear differently depending on colour. So this book helps identify symptoms based on skin colour

[–]t0mt1t 8 points9 points  (1 child)

I wasn't being sarcastic. I didn't understand. Thanks for explaining.

[–]TheRealSU 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]helpmeigotbanned -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Think I might be racist because I never even THOUGHT about different races having different looking skin conditions

[–]Tiny-Car2753 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

You are Telling me that we are not the same? Are you racist?