FOREWORD TO TAYLOR AND KELLY'S DERMATOLOGY FOR SKIN OF COLOR, 2ND EDITION
Acclaimed by The Journal of the American Medical Association as the first comprehensive reference on the subject, the first edition of Dermatology for Skin of Color won two PROSE Awards from the Association of Academic Publishers for excellence in Clinical Medicine and for excellence in Biology and Life Sciences. The book was recognized not only for the importance of the topic, but for the quality of the text, photographs, organization, and features.
This second edition is significantly expanded, with 21 new chapters written by experts in the field of dermatology, many more clinical pictures, and improved organization. New chapters cover dermatology for geriatric, adolescent, and pregnant patients, as well as topics on depigmenting agents, viral infections, cutaneous manifestations of internal malignancy, neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, photoaging, photosensivity, laser treatment for skin tightening, toxins and fillers, cosmetic practices in Mexico, effects of tattooing and piercing, sickle cell disease, drug eruptions, and the biology of oral mucosa.
Most importantly, this edition takes a more global approach, covering not only Africa, Asia, and Latin America, but also Arab countries. New or augmented chapters address common skin diseases prevalent in each. Other chapters address cultural beliefs and traditions that dermatologists should respect.
The concluding history section now includes Asian American, Hispanic, and African American pioneers in dermatology in the United States.
As the opening chapter states, while race is merely a socially constructed concept, there is a need to focus medically on skin of color to understand and treat various cutaneous diseases. DNA analysis looks promising for helping dermatologists unlock the mysteries of skin.
Pearl E. Grimes, MD
Director, The Vitiligo & Pigmentation Institute of Southern California Clinical Professor of Dermatology, University of California, Los Angeles