Earlier this month, when Nigerian-born medical illustrator and aspiring pediatric neurosurgeon Chidiebere Ibe posted a message on his LinkedIn page calling for better representation of Black skin medical illustration in medical textbooks, he likely had no idea just how much his words would resonate. But paired with the image from his work that he shared, Ibe’s call to action prompted a huge response — and gave him a bigger platform from which to amplify his message.
He’s right, of course: Medical textbooks feature white skin to the exclusion of nearly all others. That it took a young medical illustrator to shine a spotlight on a longstanding blind spot isn’t a great look for publishers of those books. But thanks to Ibe, there’s far more awareness of the deficit than there was even a month ago. Here’s wishing him the best in his quest.