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Spring 2022


Spring 2022 ENG 120 Student Final Research Paper on the medical norm of psychiatric misdiagnosis throughout the diagnostic journeys of rare disease patients. The idea of a norm was taken from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Tedx Talk "The Danger of a Single Story". Paper discusses prevalence, harmful effects, and origin of this medical norm. Includes discussion of statistical data quoted relating to prevalence of rare diseases as well as anecdotal evidence of the severe ramifications of this norm. Discussion of how medically unexplained symptoms such as mysterious chronic pain often lead to the phenomenon of the psychogenic inference. Origins of this norm are traced back to the historic concept of hysteria which can be dated back to Hippocrates in the 5th century BCE and emerged from misogynistic stereotypes regarding women. Paper won 1st place prize in the 2023 Hunter College Millenson Library Research Award in the 100 level category.



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