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Medical textbooks are designed to diagnose white people. This student wants to change that

16 Jul 2020

White skin is the standard indicator in many medical texts, and Black people are dying as a result.

Malone Mukwende was in his first day of medical school when he noticed something odd. As he learned about diseases of the body, all of the diagnostics were grounded in white skin. Red bumps from rashes. Blue lips from oxygen deprivation. Such colors are masked by melanin, meaning these diagnostics don’t work for much, even most, of the world’s population.


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