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May 26, 2021

Tackling the Misconception That Cystic Fibrosis Is a “White People’s Disease”

JAMA. 2021;325(23):2330-2332. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.5086

Neither Terry Wright nor his wife, Michele Wright, PhD, will forget the day 20 years ago when a physician told him, “If you weren’t African American, I’d say you have the classic symptoms of cystic fibrosis [CF].”

So, his wife recalled in an interview, “We crossed it off the list” and continued seeking explanations for Wright’s lifelong gastrointestinal and respiratory problems.

“Terry has been hospitalized more times than we’ve been on dates,” she noted.

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