The Only Thing Seen

by Joshua Libell

(Medical Student at WVU)

This image is of a scene from My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story (book by Abraham Verghese, 1994), where an AIDS patient is denied services because of his illness. The illness is casted as a costume, as it doesn’t make-up who a person is, but is rather a skin that people use to label someone. People viewed these victims as sub-human, which was very harsh and demeaning towards these patients.