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Effects of ancient custom present new challenge to US doctors

from The New York Times

One immigrant woman told of visiting five gynecologists in recent months, each of whom gasped audibly at her anatomy. Another went to see a doctor, only to become the subject of a gawking crew of medical residents. And a third said she had never visited a gynecologist, despite experiencing abdominal pain since age 10, when her genitals were cut in her native Gambia. “I feel ashamed,” said the woman, Mariama Bojang, 25. “The doctor has probably never seen anything like this. How am I supposed to explain it?” more


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