Approximately 80 percent of the world's population is pigmented; even in the United States, current projections indicate that by mid-century the majority of the population will be non-Caucasian. US dermatologists are already seeing a significant shift in the makeup of their client population. Yet, despite this changing face of the American population, until now practicing dermatologists and students in training have been challenged by the lack of a comprehensive textbook on the diagnosis and treatment of pigmented skins.
Dermatology and Dermatological Therapy of Pigmented Skins fills a serious need by providing an exceptionally comprehensive text on the practice of dermatology as it applies to the variety of skins found in the U.S. population. As the editors note, its not simply about dark skin versus light skin. Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Slavs all have different skin profiles and consequently require different treatment. The presentation of common dermatologic disorders will often vary from one ethnic group to another, and while some disorders may be found frequently in some groups, in others they are rarely found. Furthermore, the application of medical and surgical therapies will sometimes require different parameters for differently colored skin.