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Presenting clinical features on darker skin: five minutes with . . . Malone Mukwende

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 25 June 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2578
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The medical student who created a handbook presenting clinical features on darker skin describes the ambition behind it

Mind the Gap is a handbook of clinical signs in black and brown skin. Its aim is to teach medical students and other health professionals about the importance of recognising how some conditions can present differently in darker skins.

“On arrival at medical school I noticed a lack of teaching about darker skin. We were often taught to look for symptoms, such as rashes, in a way that I knew wouldn’t appear on my own skin.

“When I raised this with my tutors they often didn’t know how …

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