Doctor Talk

Johnson, Diane
August 1979
New Republic;8/18/79, Vol. 181 Issue 7, p25
Points out that doctors who may soon lose their ability to heal people by their faith and their use of the magic language of Latin, have devised two main dialects. Use of the language of science in order to control and confuse their patients; Strategy of using either scientific or vernacular speech with their patients; Strategy in the 1950s to use scientific-sounding euphemisms in the presence of their patients; Common use of acronyms and abbreviations; Doctor's alternative dialect of phrases so general and bland as to communicate virtually nothing.


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