The Secret Language of Doctors

The Secret Language of Doctors

eBook - 2014
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All of us have visited the doctor or sat in the emergency room for long hours awaiting treatment. When we finally do reach the other side of the swinging doors, we enter into what seems like another world, with practitioners in white coats and scrub suits speeding from patient to patient, consulting with one another amid controlled chaos. Beneath the cacophony of medical equipment and routine codes announced over the loudspeaker, doctors and nurses use a kind of secret language, usually out of earshot of their patients but sometimes in front of them. The words you'll learn in this book are not expressions that you'll likely find in a medical textbook or even hear on a television show. In fact, most health professionals would rather you didn't know that this underground language exists at all.

In The Secret Language of Doctors, bestselling author Dr. Brian Goldman pulls back the curtain to reveal some of medicine's darkest modern secrets, decoding the colourful and clandestine expressions doctors employ to describe difficult patients, situations and medical conditions—and sometimes even other colleagues. You'll discover what it means to exhibit the symptoms of "incarceritis," what "blocking" and "turfing" are, and why you never want to be diagnosed with a "horrendoma." In the process, you'll gain profound insight into what doctors really think about their patients' personalities and even their chances of making it out of the hospital alive.

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.

Publisher: New York :, HarperCollins Canada,, 2014
ISBN: 9781443416030
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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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.

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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