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Medical Language

When Cancer Isn't Just A Word: Translating Medicine's Native Language

Hippo Reads | Posted 07.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Hippo Reads

What's in a word is more than just language -- there's assignment of culpability, patient personhood, a world of feeling that is often, and for critical reason, removed from the linguistics of medical speak.

Get Your Doctor to Stop Using Medical Jargon

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 06.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Physicians do a terrible job at assessing a patient's health literacy. We are educating a new generation of doctors and nurses to use plain language, but in the meantime there are some steps you can take so you don't fall into the same trap that I did.