"He's a fighter!" Words that can hurt
[Medlife Mini] Some thoughts about the words we use in medicine, after reading about Jeff Bridges' lymphoma diagnosis and Ed Yong's superb article about "being strong" when it comes to illness.
There are some archaic offensive terms in medicine, there are other words that are part of a long-standing culture of dark humour - this video is about neither. It's about terms that fly under the radar, that we use on a regular basis as actual medical diagnoses.
It was recorded on the morning of Saturday 24th October without much planning - there are loads more I could've mentioned, especially within mental health. But these were just a few that came to mind.
Link to Ed Yong's excellent article: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/10/trump-strength-coronavirus/616682/