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Black Medical Student Writes Book About How Symptoms Look on Darker Skin

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Malone Mukwende

A 20-year-old black medical student in London is revolutionizing medicine after noticing “a lack of teaching about darker skin tones, and how certain symptoms appear differently in those who aren’t white,” he told The Washington Post.

Malone Mukwende, who recently completed his second year of medical school at St George’s, University of London, decided to address the issue himself by writing the book “Mind The Gap: A Handbook of Clinical Signs in Black and Brown Skin.” It details the clinical presentations of diseases and their differences as they appear on melanin-enriched skin. Malone realized early in his studies that current medical literature was insufficient for diagnosing diseases that would otherwise affect vast numbers of darker-skinned people, leading to misdiagnosis.

With his book he’s hoping to save countless lives.

Below, watch an interview with Mukwende and see an example of how a condition presents differently on black and white skin.

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Comment by Damien on July 29, 2020 at 2:41am

I can only wish the best of luck to this guy. I myself have come across the fact that black people often do not have access to the clinic. They look at the symptoms in books and online resources and cannot understand the degree of risk. People use simpler remedies like cbd topical. It has a good analgesic and sedative effect. I would prefer to leave it as a home treatment option but ... having an accurate diagnosis is also necessary.

Comment by AA on July 24, 2020 at 5:44pm

This is one reason why we need black medical students to become doctors, they will bring different findings and results to the medical profession. Proud of this young black medical student already giving life saving information he discovered. 

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