White Lens of Medicine: Lack of Diversity in Dermatology Hurts People of Color

By 2050, nearly half of Americans will belong to a minority group. Yet, diagnosis and treatment for skin conditions has been primarily based on knowledge of presenting symptoms on white skin. This problem impacts all non-white patients—but especially those with darker skin, as signs of skin disease and internal infection may be harder to distinguish.

“The narrative within textbooks needs to change.”