This guide will help you find photographs of diseases and conditions that are externally visible. The citations provided will lead you to published articles that contain images of these diseases and conditions in people with skin of various colors.
This page is an OHSU library guide for health professions teachers, students, clinicians, and the health science community.
Photographs of visible conditions and diseases in people of color can be difficult to find. Many professional image databanks contain photographs of such conditions in people whose skin is white, but few photographs of people whose skin is another color. This LibGuide lists journal articles containing photographs of numerous diseases and conditions in people with skin of various colors.
The visible appearance of some conditions depends strongly on skin color (e.g., jaundice, pallor from anemia). Health professionals need to be able to recognize these conditions in various colors of skin. This LibGuide directs you to sources of some photographs to assist that recognition.
The visible appearance of other conditions and diseases does not depend strongly on skin color (e.g., atrophy, Cushing's syndrome), but having access to photographs with diverse skin colors is important to represent the diversity of health professions students and their patients. This LibGuide directs you to sources of those photographs to increase the diversity of images used in teaching and learning.
Use the tabs located on the left of the page to find citations for journal articles that contain photographs of people with skin of various colors who have diseases and conditions that are externally visible.
Directions: If you have password access to OHSU Library, you can access these publications by clicking the link with each citation. If you do not have password access to OHSU Library, you can access these publications by copying and pasting the DOI or the citation itself into PubMed or an Internet browser.