” Learning to Talk Like a Doctor”

Colleen Farrell, 05/13/2013-Bioethics Forum

“During one of our recent lectures, a professor was discussing a medical therapy that did not cure his patient. “The patient failed the therapy,” he explained. Then he stopped himself and said, “No, the therapy failed the patient.” Just this simple change in word order conveyed a completely different understanding of how doctors ought to orient themselves toward their patients. And it reminded me that as I struggle in the coming years to diagnose and treat, I should strive to ensure my language doesn’t fail my patients, too.”

From Scarfolk Council:
(“please study medicine for futher details”)

A cart following a mule is generally more efficent.

“You want me to walk..backwards?!”

” * There was a man who sat each day looking out through a narrow vertical opening where a single board had been removed from a wooden fence. Each day a wild ass of the desert passed outside the fence and across the narrow opening — first the nose, then the head, the forelegs, the long brown back, the hindlegs, and lastly the tail. One day the man leaped to his feet with a light of discovery in his eyes and he shouted for all who could hear him: “It is obvious! The nose causes the tail!”
o Stories of the Hidden Wisdom from the Oral History of Rakis”
-Frank Herbert

A fine begining for nosology.

Cart before bike?

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