This youngster’s idea that skin types vary so much – yet medical reference books are usually written from a white skin perspective – with no mention as to the appearance on other skin types, he felt that aspect needed to be addressed.
… it reminds me of my #WATWB #30: Invisible Women … their female humanness is often not included in something designed by the other half of the population.
|Malone Mukwende - junior doctor at|
St George's Medical School, London
Here we have a medical student who sees skin colour as an important condition in deciphering what could be wrong with specific peoples – and which needs to be noted.
Young Malone Mukwende, a medical student at St George’s University of London (St George’s Hospital Medical School) working with two of his senior peers has put together this handbook – the hospital authorities are looking to publish it – making it generally available.
|The First Edition|
'A Handbook of Clinical Signs
in Black and Brown Skins'
It cannot but help trainee doctors, nurses, paramedics and medical experts become more aware of different skin types ...
... and how conditions on black and brown skins will vary – and not always present exactly as reacted and reported on a paler skin person … eg blue lips may not be a useful descriptor for a black patient.
The handbook is going to look at other ways that could help with communication skills with clinical language – so a more holistic approach can be taken.
This to me – sounds a much needed medical reference book … there are so many different skin types – in this country we are a very mixed bag having been peopled over millennia from around the globe … as many are finding out when they check their genealogy and DNA.
Brilliant – at least I think so! – Malone’s book deserves high recognition and massive publicity in the near future … which I’m sure it will get.
... I wonder how far he will go and where his speciality will be: a name to look out for. He will make a great contribution to helping many ... #WATWB peoples.
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