Friday, 20 April 2018

A Matter of Terminology.

Being more than a little interested in words and terminology, it intrigues me to note that the discharge reports sent by the hospital to the GP and patient never refer to me as having been ‘admitted’ to hospital. They always use the word ‘presented.’ Neither do they ever refer to me as a man or a male, it’s always ‘gentleman.’

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There’s something oddly archaic about it, something almost Victorian in its linguistic sensibility, something which evokes images of the early days of modern medical practice. It’s why I can’t decide whether it makes me sound like some sort of prize or some sort of specimen.

3 comments:

Madeline said...

J was taught in school never to refer to patients as "a male" or "a female." It's considered dehumanizing. There's a particular way in which certain people use the word "females" to refer to women that rubs me the wrong way, like they're talking about a group of gazelle in a show about wildlife. I don't think US doctors use "gentleman" or "lady." They say "man" and "woman." Although apparently the acronym LOL (for Little Old Lady) was in use for a while before it was discouraged and abandoned.

JJ Beazley said...

But do the STD clinics still use FYI (Fornicating Young Idiot)?

Madeline said...

I think they just call them "millennials."