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October 1984

Dermatologic Disorders of Black Children and Adolescents

Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(10):1385-1386. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650460129037

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The authors have written this volume with the laudatory goal of "filling a gap in the pediatric literature concerned with cutaneous diseases" occurring in black children. Standard dermatology textbooks provide adequate descriptions and photographs of common dermatoses in white patients. As noted by the authors, however, many of the common dermatoses look different in black patients, and adequate clinical descriptions and photographs are often lacking in the standard texts. This book provides clinical descriptions and photographs of common dermatoses occurring in black children, most of whom were seen by the authors.

The book has six chapters. The first two chapters are brief discussions of the structure and function of the skin and melanocyte system. In chapter 3, the authors describe the normal characteristics of black skin. This chapter includes an interesting section on the major differences between black and white skin. Also presented are common reaction patterns to diseases occurring

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