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Woman outraged after doctor diagnoses back pain as ‘ghetto booty’

- The Washington Times - Monday, July 15, 2013

A Tennessee woman is outraged after a doctor, upon examining her X-rays for complaints of back pain, diagnosed her with "ghetto booty."

"I think I blacked out after he said 'ghetto booty.' I think my mind was just stuck on the phrase because I couldn't believe he said that," 55-year-old Terry Ragland told WREG-TV.

Ms. Ragland said she complained to the office manager, who apologized. She then received a letter from Dr. Timothy Sweo himself a few weeks later.

"I was trying to take technical conversation regarding your lower back and make it less technical," the doctor wrote.

But Ms. Ragland found his letter condescending, as if he was suggesting she didn't have the intellect to understand more formal language. She filed a complaint with the Tennessee Department of Health.

"It's not endearing. It's not loving. It's not a compliment. It's wrong in every aspect and it's very demeaning," she told the station.

Dr. Sweo said, "I think I do understand why her feelings were hurt, but I don't understand what's offensive about it."

Ms. Ragland is being treated for lumbar lordosis, which is the curve of the lower spine that makes the buttocks protrude more, WREG-TV reported.

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