(Memphis) Terry Ragland might have left a Jackson doctor’s officer with more than just the back pain she walked in with.
“It’s wrong in every aspect and it’s very demeaning,” sad Ragland about the diagnosis of “ghetto booty” given to her by Dr. Timothy Sweo.
Sweo has said he was said “was trying to explain to that patient is that she has lumbar lordosis, which is a fancy name for the curve of the lower spine that makes the buttocks protrude more.”
But Dr. Samueal Dagogo-Jack, who is also a professor at UT Health Sciences, said, “I would not consider such diction as having any place in the clinical encounter.”
Dagogo-Jack said he evaluates his patients on more than just their medical knowledge, also looking at their “ethical standards, manners.”
He says the oath every doctor takes is to do no harm, and having the respect of the patient is key.
“Treating people with dignity is very important and is an essential ingredient to a successful outcome.”
Ragland hopes her story will make every doctor think twice before they speak.