The Secret Languages of Doctors

The Secret Languages of Doctors

Cracking the Code of Hospital Slang

Book - 2014
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"Have you ever wondered what doctors and nurses are really saying as they zip through the emergency room and onto elevators, throwing cryptic phrases at one another? Or why they do it? Do you guess at the codes broadcast over the loudspeaker, or the words doctors and nurses use when speaking right in front of patients? The clandestine phrases doctors use to describe patients, situations and even colleagues they detest. What it means for someone to suffer from incarceritis, what doctors mean when they block and turf, what the various codes mean, and why you never want to suffer a horrendoma. Highly accessible, biting, funny and entertaining, The Secret Language of Doctors reveals modern medical culture at its best and all too often at its worst. Dr. Brian Goldman is an emergency physician at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital, and he is host of the program 'White Coat, Black Art,' which airs on CBC RadioOne. He lives in Toronto."--
Publisher: Toronto, ON : HarperCollins Canada, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781443416016
Characteristics: 350 pages ; 24cm

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ChocolateChips
Jan 02, 2015

This book was mostly just depressing. I've already met frustrated clinical personnel who say nasty things about patients, so I guess I was hoping for something more out of this book than just a bunch of examples of how miserable physicians, nurses and midwives are.

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danomcd
Nov 23, 2014

why is this book only available for 1 week eloans?

ksoles Aug 15, 2014

Virtually every specialized field features its own language, an argot that enables workers to communicate quickly and exclusively. Medicine may just boast the most extensive list of foreign terms so, in his new book, CBC Radio's "White Coat, Black Art" host, Dr. Brian Goldman, attempts to translate some of these terms into everyday speech. But "The Secret Language of Doctors" offers more than an insider's guide to medical slang; it provides a candid and intriguing look at the attitudes and issues that shape our healthcare system.

At times, Dr. Goldman comes across as jaded and bitter, describing "a quiet seething...a simmering frustration felt by doctors about their work, their patients and each other." Some of the terms and attitudes he describes when referring to certain types of patients feel offensive and disturbing to read. However, Goldman writes with a respectable, brutal honesty that opens the reader's eyes to an unfortunate truth: our system does not show kindness to the old, the mentally ill, the obese.

Today, Goldman argues, we have an acute care-focused system that primarily treats those with multiple chronic, conditions. Health policies and institutions including health education cannot adjust fast enough; Goldman essentially shows that traditional medical education does not prepare doctors for the realities of today's healthcare. Sadly, doctors and other healthcare workers receive little to no training or support in handling the emotional, human side of medicine; they end up facing patient anxiety, and even extreme distress with little preparation.

Eminently worth reading, this book may help readers better understand personal medical situations and options by decoding some of the overwhelming jargon. Furthermore, for those who desire a more patient-centred model of medicine, it provides an opportunity to conceptualize some of the challenges faced by our doctors.

rowanquincy Aug 01, 2014

I found this book very depressing. It seems that doctors feel okay labeling patients with demeaning names if they happen to fall into a group they don't want as patients, like the old, the frail, the obese, the addicted etc
It is well written but the lack of professionalism and compassion made me look at doctors in a new way.

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