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Adding colour to medicine

A medical illustration of a black fetus has been doing the rounds on social media and it’s the first of its kind! It was created by Nigerian neurosurgery student and medical illustrator Chidiebere Ibe, who said he noticed that the patients in medical diagrams are always depicted as white, so he decided to change that. In a tweet, Ibe said: “I’m black, and black is beautiful! Diversity in Medical Illustration.” Ibe said he was overwhelmed by the positive response: “It was amazing to see how good people felt about it. People could see themselves in the drawing.” Thank you Chidiebere for bringing much-needed diversity to medical illustrations. ✊🏿

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 15 December 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.