Patient Educ Couns. 2014 Aug 28. pii: S0738-3991(14)00363-2. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2014.08.014. [Epub ahead of print]
‘Gosh’: A cross-cultural encounter with a Somali woman, a male interpreter and a gynecologist on female genital cutting/mutilation.
I saw the woman for the first time on the gynecological emergency at a Swiss University Women’s Hospital. She was referred for assessment of lower abdominal pain, which turned out to be a ‘cover-up’ for the subsequent case presentation. The 22-years old, married woman had a low proficiency in English and none in German, and was an asylum seeker from Somalia. The history and clinical examination for lower abdominal pain revealed no pathological results – but her female external genitalia presented an unforgettable finding I had never seen before during my clinical career in Switzerland and also in Cameroon.