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    R-E-S-P-E-C-T – What Does It Mean To You?

    by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD | August 19th, 2018

    R-E-S-P-E-C-T – What Does It Mean To You?

    “We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It’s our basic human right”

    Aretha Franklin

     

    When I heard that Aretha Franklin died, my first thought was what an amazing woman. I prayed that her family would find peace. Later that day, I looked at my playlist to see if I had bought any of her songs over the years. The only song I had was ‘Respect’.

    I think the last time I played that song was over a year ago at a girls get together, but when I played it this time, I really listened to the words. After all, although she had a lot of music credited to her, she had mentioned in an interview that if she were to put one of her recordings in a time capsule, it would be ‘Respect’.

    This time when I listened, I thought about the line:

    R-E-S-P-E-C-T – find out what it means to me.

    What does respect mean to me? What does respect mean to you?

    I went online to my favorite search engine – google and typed in – definition of respect.

    There were several definitions but the one that resonated with me was found in the Urban dictionary –

    Treating people in a positive manner that acknowledges them for who they are and/or what they are doing. Respect is earned and is never just given. You must give respect to receive respect.

    What a positive reminder of how we should conduct our daily lives when dealing with a diverse group of people regardless of sex, race, socioeconomic status, disability, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc. What an emotionally healthy society we would have.

    She is so right, it is a human right. Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, rest in peace and thank you for sharing your talent and wisdom with all of us.

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    The book discusses common gynecological and women’s health issues in a series of witty and entertaining letters. These letters, all educational, offer suggestions on what approaches to take in tackling the medical problems that typically bring women to an ob/gynecologist. The letters are spiced with art, a poem and quotes. Although its emphasis is on gynecology and women’s health, it touches on some other medical issues that make women visit their doctors.

    The second half of the book briefly discusses the most common gynecological conditions and also provides an overview of sexually transmitted infections. A list of annotated websites dealing with the different topics in the book is provided for the reader who wants to pursue each subject in depth.




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