CHASE PATTERSON KIMBALL, M.D.
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The Physician speaks a strange and often unintelligible dialect. He calls everyday common objects by absurd and antiquated terms. He speaks of mitral commissurotomies, pituitary insufficiency, and reality feed-back. This world is peopled with cirrhotics, green-sticks, and hebephrenics. The professional dialect creates a communication gap between physician and patient that is generally acknowledged by neither. Not only does the physician speak a strange dialect, but more often than not he fails to recognize the dialects of his patients (1-3).
In order to trace the dialect of the physician it is necessary to recognize that medicine as a profession is a
KIMBALL CP. Medicine and Dialects. Ann Intern Med. 1971;74:137–139. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-74-1-137
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(1):137-139.
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