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Fitzpatrick Skin Type

A numerical classification for the color of skin. It was developed in 1975 by T.B. Fitzpatrick, a Harvard dermatologist, as a way to classify the response of different types of skin to UV light. Type I patients would be albinos. A pale red head would be a Type II. Other caucasians would be a Type III. Hispanics would be type IV. Light African Americans are Type V. Dark African Americans would be Type VI.