The Uncomfortable Psychology of Medical Victim-Blaming

The truth, that anyone could be struck down, is too scary to bear

Ann Givens
Forge

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Illustration: Hye Jin Chung

The last time Brendan Ahern got sick, there were hundreds of people watching. The 41-year-old lawyer was in the middle of prosecuting a high-profile homicide trial, and the case was on the local news just about every night.

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