Doctor-patient confidentiality prevents doctors from discussing private medical matters. Unfortunately, for Tennessee doctor Timothy Sweo, there’s no “patient-doctor confidentially,” which explains why one patient felt perfectly comfortable going to the press after he diagnosed her with “ghetto booty.”
According to WREG Memphis, 55-year-old Terry Ragland went to the doctor complaining of back pain. She claims, “He said, ‘I know what the problem is. It’s ghetto booty.’”
You have to be pretty well educated to be a doctor, so you think a man this smart would realize it’s time to back away from his statement. But Dr. Sweo stood by his diagnosis, saying that by referring to her condition, “lumbar lordosis,” as “ghetto booty” he was simply “trying to take a technical conversation regarding [her] lower back and make it less technical.”
It’ll be interested to see how technical the language in the lawsuit he’s about to receive will be worded. But I’m sure his lawyer can make it less technical for him and let him know “he’s f***ed.”
Ragland filed a complaint with the Tennessee Department of Health which is still investigating the situation. In the meantime, one can only assume pharmaceutical companies will have a pill to help treat “ghetto booty” on the market in no time.
Until then, Ragland says she just hopes Dr. Sweo will be more professional in the future. Though some are concerned that the real problem is that she’s afflicted with “straight trippin’ disorder.”