Stereotyping patients, and their ailments

The New York Times– 20 June, 2011

Author: Danielle Ofri

“I wondered how the misdiagnosis could have persisted for so long — why we chose to explain his vigorous T-cells by classifying him as a nonprogressor, rather than considering that his initial H.I.V. test might have been incorrect. Was it that we put too much faith in the test’s “objectivity”? Or was it simply that Mr. S. fit the H.I.V. picture too well — Rikers prisoner, drug user, hepatitis C, tattoos — that we never imagined he could be negative?”

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