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A complete textbook of dermatologic science and practice focusing on the care of patients with moderately to heavily pigmented skin

A Doody's Core Title for 2011!

"The well-organized book is replete with clinical images and addresses the unique medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology issues that occur in skin of color. Important cultural considerations in providing optimal care to patients with skin of color are discussed. 4 Stars (Excellent)"—Mayo Clinic Proceedings

"...provides readers with the first comprehensive reference for this subspecialty, ranging from the historic and cultural to the clinical and basic science components....More than 600 full-color photographs of preoperative and postoperative photographs foster the visual recognition of dermatologic diagnostics, and the text proves an excellent diagnostic reference for clinicians presented with puzzling dermatologic lesions. Dermatology for Skin of Color will be a critical and invaluable addition to the clinical reference library of any culturally competent physician."—JAMA

"Excellent color clinical photographs on high quality glossy white paper make this book a pleasure to peruse....I would recommend this book to anyone caring for a multiracial mix of patients. It also serves as a good standalone general dermatology textbook. It is definitely one of the superior books currently available covering dermatology issues in patients of color. 3 Stars."—Doody's Review Service

Dermatology for Skin of Color is a comprehensive reference thoroughly detailing every aspect of dermatologic science as it applies to skin of color - from the development of the skin to the biology of hair and nails. All commonly encountered dermatologic problems of Africans, Asians, Native American, and other peoples are covered as are other diseases with significant skin manifestations.

For each problem/disorder discussed, the authors offer detailed, specialized advice on diagnosis and treatment methods. Both medical and surgical treatment options are discussed as is cosmetic dermatology. In addition, folk remedies and over-the-counter treatments specifically targeting this population are also covered.


  • 600 superb full-color pre and post operative photographs that can also be used for patient education
  • Clinical pearls impart the wisdom of experience of international experts
  • Easy-to-use, standardized presentation describes each condition and procedure
  • Comprehensive coverage that includes:

    Pediatric dermatology;

    Medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatment options;

    ;The differences between skin of color and Caucasian skin as well as the differences between ethnic groups with skin of color

    ;Important basic science information on the structure and function of skin of color

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Patricia Wong, MD (Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: If Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick had authored a textbook on ethnic skin diseases, he probably would have produced a work very similar to this one. Excellent color clinical photographs on high quality glossy white paper make this book a pleasure to peruse. Although the principles of treatment, presentation of disease, and diagnosis would apply to Caucasian skin as well, the authors put particular emphasis on the differences and unique aspects of skin of color. Interesting tables list statistics on the prevalence of various skin diseases by ethnicity.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate all members of the medical community about dermatologic care of patients with different types of skin pigmentation.
Audience: The audience includes all members of the medical community who have an interest in dermatology and who care for patients with skin of color, a group that would encompass medical students, nurses, physicians, physician assistants, etc.
Features: Topics are summarized in color shaded tables and include good discussions of therapy. A useful table lists the various antifungal regimens available for treatment of tinea infections. Off label treatments are included and noted as such. For the most part, the clinical photographs are of excellent quality. Chapters also cover plastic surgery needs specific to people of color, such as reduction cheiloplasty. Practitioners need to be familiar with these procedures in order to best serve their patients. However, discussions are limited to basic overviews and are not in-depth approaches to how to perform procedures.
Assessment: I would recommend this book to anyone caring for a multiracial mix of patients. It also serves as a good standalone general dermatology textbook. It is definitely one of the superior books currently available covering dermatology issues in patients of color.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071446716
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/15/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 748
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

A. Paul Kelly, MD

Professor of Medicine, Division of Dermatology

Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science

Chief Emeritus, Division of Dermatology

Former King/Drew Medical Center

Los Angeles, CA

Clinical Professor of Medicine

Division of Dermatology

The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Los Angeles, CA

Susan C. Taylor, MD

Founding Director

Skin of Color Center

Division of Dermatology

St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center

New York, NY

Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology

College of Physicians and Surgeons

Columbia University Medical Center

New York, NY

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Table of Contents

Section 1: Definitions, Epidemiology, and Cultural Considerations
1. Skin of Color: A Historical Perspective, A. Paul Kelly
2.Defining Skin of Color, Susan C. Taylor and Pamela Summers
3. Epidemiology of Cutaneous Diseases, Michael Bigby
4. Multicultural Competence in Dermatologic Practice, Flora N. Taylor
5. Impact of Cultural Beliefs on Health Care, Marta I. Rendon and Jorge I. Gaviria
6. Impact of Cultural Beliefs in Health Care in Blacks: Afro-Caribbean Culture, Traditions, Habits, and Practices, Fran E. Cook-Bolden and Jocelyne Papacharalambous
7. Asian Cultural Habits and Practices, Richard S. Mizuguchi
8. Hispanic Skin Remedies and Practices, Miguel Sanchez
9. African-American Skin Remedies and Folk Healing Practices, Elena Jones and Jeanine Downie
10. Homeopathic Medicine and Spiritualism: African-American Voodoo and Healing Remedies, Wilbert C. Jordan
11. Psychiatric Aspects of Skin Color, Curley L. Bonds
Section 2: Structure, Function, and Biology
12. The Structure and Function of Skin of Color, Sonia Badreshia-Bansal and Susan C. Taylor
13. Nuances of Skin of Color, A. Paul Kelly
14. Skin Lesions: Normal and Pathologic, Sharona Yashar and Jennifer Haley
15. Histology, Jennifer Haley and Chandra Smart
16. Genetics of Skin Diseases, Saundrett G. Arrindell and Shirley B. Russell
17. Biology of Hair Follicles, Candrice R. Heath and Amy J. McMichael
18. Biology of Nails, Nicole DeYampert, Gisela Torres, and Richard K. Sher
19. Cutaneous Wound Healing, A. Paul Kelly and Elaine Bethell
20. Cytokine Alterations and Cutaneous Diseases, Madeleine E. Gainers and Charles J. Dimitroff
21. Complement System: Cellular and Molecular Biology of Inflammation, Kwame Denianke
Section 3: Cutaneous Disorders
22. Psoriasis, Amy Geng, Jason McBean, Priya Swamy Zeikus, and Charles J. McDonald
23. Pityriasis Rosea, Dwana R. Shabazz
24. Lichen Planus, Khari Bridges
25. Lichen Nitidus, Khari Bridges
26. Allergic Contact Dermatitis, Nina Desai and Vincent DeLeo
27. Atopic Dermatitis and Other Eczemas, Nina Desai and Andrew F. Alexis
28. Erythema Chronicum Perstans and Related Disorders, Miguel R. Sanchezm and Tameka Lane
29. Lichen Amyloidosis, Richard S. Mizuguchi
30. Keloids, A. Paul Kelly
31. Bullous Diseases, Mobolaji Opeola and Brittney Kaufman De Clerk
Section 4: Hair, Scalp, and Nail Disorders
32. Acne Keloidalis, A. Paul Kelly
33. Pseudofolliculitis Barbae, A. Paul Kelly
34. Hair Care Practices, Chemene R. Quinn
35. Alopecia, Chemene R. Quinn
36. Seborrheic Dermatitis, Yvette Andree George
37. Tinea Capitis, Marcy S. Alvarez and Nanette B. Silverberg
38. Nail Disorders, Nathaniel J. Jellinek and C. Ralph Daniel, III
Section 5: Sebaceous and Sweat Gland Disorders
39. Acne, Susan C. Taylor and Pamela Summers
40. Hidradenitis Suppurativa, Shari Hicks-Graham
Section 6: Skin Color
41. Melanoma in Skin of Color, Seaver L. Soon and Carl V. Washington, Jr.
42. Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Algin B. Garrett
43. Basal Cell Carcinoma, Seth B. Foreman and Algin B. Garrett
44. Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma, Helen Halliday Craige and Amit G. Pandya
Section 7: Pigmentary Disorders
45. Disorders of Hypopigmentation, Justine Park and Doris Hexsel
46. Vitiligo, Pearl E. Grimes
47. Albinism, Amezi N. Okoro
48. Melasma, Wendy E. Roberts
49. Postinflammatory Hyperpigmentation, Candrice R. Heath and Susan C. Taylor
50. Periorbital Hypermelanosis, Raechele Cochran Gathers
51. Maturational Hyperpigmentation, A. Melvin Alexander52. Solar Lentigines, Doris Hexsel
53. Nevus of Ito/Ota, Marvi Iqbal
Section 8: Muscosal Disorders
54. Biology and Pathology of the Oral Musoca, Diana Messadi, Ahn Le, Ginat W. Mirowski, and Heddie Sedano
55. Genital Lesions in Men, Sean Doherty and Ted Rosen
56. Genital Lesions in Women, Christy Doherty and Ted Rosen
Section 9: Dermatologic Infections
57. Bacterial Infections, Micole Tuchman and Jeffrey M. Weinberg
58. Folliculitis, Kim Nichols
59. Fungal and Yeast Infections, Aditya K. Gupta and Lindsay E. Lynch
60. Parsitic Infections, Shobita Rajagopalan
61. Onchocerciasis, Edith Nkechi Nnoruka
62. Leprosy, Tebebe Yemane Berhan and Shobita Rajagopalan
63. Leishmaniasis, Tebebe Yemane Berhan and Edith Nkechi Nnoruka
64. Cutaneous Manifestations of HIV, Wilbert C. Jordan
Section 10: Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation and Topical Agents
65. Acute and Chronic Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation, Including Photocarcinogenesis, Dakara Rucker Wright, Lawrence S.W. Khoo, and Henry W. Lim
66. Topical Steroids, Ncoza Dlovaa and Nilesh Morar
67. Topical Hydroquinones, Nilesh Morar and Ncoza Dlova
Section 11: Cutaneous Manifestations of Systemic Diseases
68. Cutaneous Manifestations of Systemic Diseases, Lynn McKinley-Grant, Meredith Wernick, and Saurabh Singh
Section 12: Cosmetic Dermatology
69. Cosmetic Procedures in Skin of Color: Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion, Hair Transplantation, Augmentation, and Sclerotherapy, Valerie D. Callender and Cherie M. Young
70. Cosmetic Products, Cheryl M. Burgess
71. Skin and Lip Typology, Diane Baras and Lawrence Caisey
72. Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra, Marcia J. Glenn
73. The Use of Lasers for Treatment of Skin of Color Patients, Lori M. Hobbs
74. Liposuction, Ella L. Toombs
75. Rhinoplasty, Gina D. Jefferson, Jimmy J. Brown, and Lorenzo Brown
76. Adjunctive Reduction Cheiloplasty, Gina D. Jefferson, Jimmy J. Brown, and Lorenzo Brown
77. Other Head and Neck Surgicall Procedures, Jimmy J. Brown and Gina D. Jefferson
Section 13: Pediatric Dermatology
78. Pediatric Dermatology, Andrea Trowers
Section 14: International Dermatology
79. Common Skin Diseases and Treatment in Africa, Edith Nkechi Nnoruka, Felix D. Oresanya, and Osumane Faye
80. Common Skin Diseases and Treatments in Asia, Joyce Teng-Ee Lim and Yuin-Chew Chan
81. Common Skin Diseases and Treatments in North America: Mexico, Ivonne Arellano and Amado Saul
82. Common Skin Diseases and Treatments in Latin America: Brazil, Marcia Ramos-e-Silva, Gabriela Munhoz-da-Fontoura, and Doris Hexsel
83. Immunizations for International Travel, Jasmine Yun
Section 15: Atlas for Skin of Color: Africa, Asia, and Latin America
84. Atlas for Skin of Color: Africa, Asia, and Latin America, Barbara Leppard, Rashmi Sarkar, Marcia Ramos-e-Silva, and Special Atlas Editor Allison Nichols Metz
Section 16: A History of African American Dermatologists, Nineteenth through Twenty-First Centuries
85. A History of African American Dermatologists: Nineteenth through Twenty-First Centuries, Angela D. Dillard and Frederick N. Quarles

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