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Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD
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Ann Intern Med. 2000;132(11):919-920. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-132-11-200006060-00013
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A young Navajo woman files silently into my office, making no eye contact. As she slips into the chair, errant strands of black hair spill across her face. Through the breaches, I catch glimpses of her rich dark skin riddled with the pockmarks of severe acne. Violently swollen pustules and angry red craters contort the architecture of her face. Her shoulders slope into her slight body, as if afraid to claim too much territory on their own. She contemplates the linoleum wordlessly. I am almost afraid to interrupt.





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