Letters Sunbed use in children

The bigger picture

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2120 (Published 20 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2120
  1. Nadeem Mazi-Kotwal, ST6 in psychiatry1,
  2. Protiva Datta, associate specialist in general adult psychiatry2
  1. 1Bedfordshire and Luton NHS Partnership Trust, Calnwood Court, Luton LU4 0LX
  2. 2Bedfordshire and Luton Partnership NHS Trust, Weller Wing, Bedford Hospital, MK42 9DJ
  1. nadeemkotwal{at}gmail.com

    Historically, tones of skin colour differentiated the tanned working classes from the upper classes. Even today, in some ethnic groups, especially from Africa1 and South Asia,2 a fairer skin is much desired. The desirability of tanned skin in Western society has been largely attributed to the “caramel-skinned” Parisian singer Josephine Baker and the …

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