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More than a Case of Fragile X


In this week’s issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, medical student Colleen McGavin introduces the medical community to her brother with Fragile X – a case study in how not to stereotype the diagnosis or treatment of individuals with autism or other developmental disorders.

“Carter is not ‘a case of fragile X’,” she writes. “He is a beautiful, complex, vulnerable, unique individual who happens to have an unusual X chromosome. If we can make that shift in our minds, we will be on the way to practicing truly personalized medicine.”

Read Ms. McGavin’s full essay here.




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