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Doctors practicing asylum medicine look for scars of persecution.

Doctors practicing asylum medicine look for scars of persecution

For almost a decade, Dr. Katherine McKenzie, an internist the Yale School of Medicine, has conducted forensic evaluations of claims like those made by Paulin Kalonji, a practice called asylum medicine. Asylum status can be granted to people who have been persecuted or have a well-founded fear of being persecuted if they return to their own countries.

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