Latest In Medical Diagnoses: Ghetto Booty
September 6, 2013

Latest In Medical Diagnoses: Ghetto Booty

Imagine you’re at the doctor for back pain, and he diagnoses you with “Ghetto Booty.” Compliment or abuse?

I guess that depends on where you’re from, and Tennessee’s own Terry Ragland considered it abuse.

The doctor said, “I know what the problem is. It’s ghetto booty,” Ragland told CBS affiliate WREG in Memphis, Tenn.

CBS reports, “Ragland is complaining to the Tennessee Department of Health about Dr. Timothy Sweo for what she calls an ‘inappropriate’ and ‘sexist’ comment.”

Let’s back up just a minute.

Terry Ragland suffered from severe lower back pain, and decided to seek professional medical help. Upon the conclusion of her doctor visit, instead of giving her an actual medical diagnosis, the doctor told her, “I know what the problem is. It’s a ghetto booty.”

She said she couldn’t believe that anyone would give her such a diagnosis, and she even asked him again for clarification.

“I said “ghetto what?’ (He said,) ‘ghetto booty,'” she recalled.

Ragland then told an office manager about what happened, and the staffer apologized on the doctor’s behalf for the rude comment. Dr. Sweo also apologized to Ragland in a letter a few weeks later, explaining he was “trying to take a technical conversation regarding your lower back and make it less technical.”

Stick to being a doctor, doctor; comedy’s just not your thing.

The doctor says he was trying to make something complicated a little more simple, and the patient says she can handle the medical terms just fine.

“It says to me he doubts what kind of intellect I have, how intelligent I am to be able to understand what he conveys to me in a medical term,” she commented.

Dr. Sweo explained to WREG that Ragland had lumbar lordosis, which is an inward curvature of the spine. Excessive curvature can lead to moderate to severe back pain.

“What I 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,” he said. “In trying to explain that I said that she had ghetto booty and she didn’t like that apparently. That was my attempt to explain why she had the back problem. It wasn’t the whole problem but it was part of it and she got upset about it. You cannot cure lumbar lordosis.”

“He added that the term ‘ghetto booty’ is not targeted toward a certain race or ethnicity, and he did not mean to offend anyone. Sweo admitted though that the term was ‘probably inappropriate,’ and he would not be using it anymore.”

That’s a tough lesson to learn about sensitivity.

Here’s my one question, what was he thinking?

All racial and professional insensitivities aside, when is it ever ok to tell a woman anything about her behind other than, “It looks great”?

Don’t make lower back issues about booties! Make booty issues about lower backs-Geez! I’ve never been to med school, but that’s got to be common sense.

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