Kaplan Medical Must Change The Description of Cushing's Disease/Syndrome Sufferers

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"Cushing can be identified at a glance by looking at the picture of a lovely young woman next to a picture of a "monster" who is the same lady a couple of years later. The "monster" has a round, ruddy, hairy face, buffalo hump, supraclavicular fat pads, obese trunk with abdominal stria, and thin weak extremeties. Osteoporosis, diabetes, hypertension and mental instability are also present. Workup starts with an overnight low-dose dexamethasone suppression test. Suppression at low dosage rules out the disease (she is just a fat hairy lady). If there is no suppression, 24-hour urine-free cortisol is measured and if elevated, we go to a high-dose suppression..."

THIS i how Kaplan Medical describes people with Cushing's in the text book written by "Dr." Carlos Pestano. This is INCREDIBLY offensive to anyone that is suffering from Cushing's disease/syndrome and this language should be removed. In addition, the patients have a wide variety of symptoms and it affects not only women but men as well. Symptoms can be individualized.

The point of this petition is to effect a change in both the context of the book and how Kaplan Medical is teaching their students about the disease.