Thursday, May 23, 2013

the art of pathologies

Ask yourself, “What role should those affected by a diagnosis have in defining that diagnosis?” Recently I posed this question to several doctors and therapists. With minor qualifications, each answered “none.”

One of my students (and friend), Blake Charleton, penned a thoughtful opinion piece in the New York Times on how dyslexia should be defined: as a disability, as an asset, or something in the middle.

[My favorite essay of Blake's on this subject is actually this one, in which he discusses being denied accommodations for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1.]

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