“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”
This profound quote from Martin Luther King, Jr., is the motivation for writing Taylor and Kelly’s Dermatology for Skin of Color and now the companion, Taylor and Elbuluk’s Color Atlas and Synopsis for Skin of Color. These two comprehensive books will allow dermatologists, residents, medical students, and other healthcare providers to recognize, diagnose, and treat dermatologic disorders in patients with skin of color and address health disparities in dermatology.
To my husband, Kemel Dawkins, and my daughters, Morgan Elizabeth and Madison Lauren, thank you for your love and support. You make all of my projects possible.
To my co-author, Nada Elbuluk, you have been such a pleasure to work with and have provided keen insight into the organization and execution of the Atlas. Thank you also for your determination to complete this project despite many early mornings. I am proud to have you as a colleague.
To the team at McGraw Hill, we thank you for sharing our vision for the Atlas. We particularly thank our editorial team for their guidance throughout the entire process. Additionally, we would like to thank Yacine Sow for her contributions to image acquisition.
To my parents, Malik and Fadwa, and my grandparents, I am forever indebted to you. Thank you for sacrificing everything for your children to have the opportunities they have and supporting us in our personal and professional journeys. I would not be where I am without you.
To my husband, Jason, and our daughters, Laila and Mimi, you are the light of my life. Thank you for believing in me and making me feel that with your love and support anything is possible.
To Dr. Susan Taylor, thank you for this opportunity to work together on such an important contribution to the medical literature. It has been a beautiful and educational journey that I will always cherish. Beyond that, thank you for your mentorship, your support, your friendship, and for all you have done for our specialty. Your leadership and contributions have shaped an incredible legacy.
To my mentors—though there are too many to name, I want to thank a few of my closest mentors who have been with me since my early days as a medical student and resident. To Dr. Sewon Kang, Dr. William James, Dr. Pearl Grimes, and Dr. Amit Pandya, thank you isn’t enough for the time and belief you invested in me and for the ways in which you each shaped my growth and professional career. I stand on your shoulders and thank you for supporting me then and now.
To the McGraw Hill team, thank you for your support of this important work through which we hope to improve health equity.