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Decolonising dermatology: why black and brown skin need better treatment – The Guardian

The long read: During my medical training, it was almost always assumed that my patients would be white. That prejudice is harmful in its own right – and when it comes to dangerous skin conditions, it can be deadly



As I sat making small talk with my patient, I was trying not to think about the ants. It was flying ant day: that moment every summer when the heat inspires thousands of ants to grow wings and swarm in their thousands, mating mid-air in a huge, frenzied orgy. My only source of cool air was a skylight, but having it open meant that every so often stray black garden ants were dropping between me and my patients, making me jumpy.
My patient was a rangy black man, early 40s, with hair just starting…

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