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October 5, 1984

Dermatologic Disorders in Black Children and Adolescents

Author Affiliations

University of Alabama in Birmingham

JAMA. 1984;252(13):1769-1770. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350130075049

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


The authors have produced a very usable dermatology volume that is directed primarily to beginning students of dermatology and pediatrics. This compact 98-page book provides easily readable, well-illustrated scholarly vignettes of some 30 pathological and physiological conditions that express themselves in young people with heavily pigmented skin. The few references provided are both current and pertinent.

The quality of the illustrations—62 black-and-white photographs and 16 color plates—is above average. Unfortunately this results in a fairly expensive cost for this small, but extremely helpful clinical text. The introductory chapters on anatomic basis, the melanocyte, and normal characteristics of black skin are probably the most helpful.

Any office practice, community, or teaching hospital clinic providing inpatient and outpatient primary care services for black children and adolescents would be well advised to have this book available with their most frequently used reference materials. It certainly could and should be a "required reading" for