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Cultural Practices and Dermatoses

  • Neelam A. Vashi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Simone N. Montgomery, Nada Elbuluk
    Pages 1-29
  3. Swati Garg, Roopal V. Kundu
    Pages 31-49
  4. Casey C. Bunge, Roopal V. Kundu
    Pages 51-78
  5. Nicole Trepanowski, Nicole Patzelt, Neelam A. Vashi
    Pages 79-105
  6. Nicole Trepanowski, Nicole Patzelt, Neelam A. Vashi
    Pages 107-114
  7. Neda So, Michelle Rodrigues
    Pages 115-134
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 135-137

About this book


​This book addresses the importance of the physicians’ understanding on how varying ethnic and cultural identities can affect dermatological disease presentation in patients. It bridges the gap in knowledge for practicing dermatologists, especially those not studying or practicing in a highly multi-ethnic center who may not be exposed to patients from a variety of cultures.

Concise and cohesive, the book examines how dermatoses can manifest due to cosmetic practices, therapeutics, religious practices, cultural hair-related practices, and environmental variables. These elements underscore that without exposure to patients of varying backgrounds, it can be nearly impossible to learn about practices that may influence a patient's health. There are many examples of cultural practices causing dermatologic lesions, and it is becoming increasingly more likely that practicing dermatologists will encounter patients with these findings as migration, tourism, and public interest continue to rise.

Socially conscientious and relevant, Cultural Practices and Dermatoses covers everything from more common cultural practices, such as acupuncture and threading, to lesser known ones, like pew blisters and turban ear, as there is limited medical literature describing their cutaneous effects and complications.


dermatology cultural competence therapeutic practices cosmetic practices religious practices environmental practices

Editors and affiliations

  • Neelam A. Vashi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyBoston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical CenterBostonUSA

About the editors

Neelam A. Vashi, MD

Associate Professor of Dermatology

Director, Boston University Center for Ethnic Skin

Director, Boston University Cosmetic and Laser Center

Boston University School of Medicine

Boston Medical Center

Boston, MA


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Cultural Practices and Dermatoses
  • Editors Neelam A. Vashi
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-68991-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-68994-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-68992-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 137
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Dermatology
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