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Words That Harm, Words That Heal

Words That Harm, Words That Heal COMMENTARY PHYSICIAN ENTERS A course of their own health care and just had a heart attack: the first few patient’s hospital mobilize the inner resources that are hours of uncertainty in the coro- room and says: required for healing. nary care unit are also an introduc- “Good morning. Language is not neutral, how- tion to mortality, eliciting worry that 8 11 A Well, tell me, how is ever. As Spender said in Man- every beep on the heart monitor your chest pain? I just reviewed the Made Language, language is “not might be the last. Then, at the height pictures from your catheterization. merely a vehicle which carries ideas. of the patient’s anxiety, the physi- You have a severe blockage, and you It is itself, a shaper of ideas,” influ- cian might come in and gravely an- may be living with a time bomb in encing the nature and quality of in- nounce, “You have the type of le- your chest.” The patient sits mo- terpersonal experiences. Yet lan- sion we call a widow maker.” Other tionless, waiting for her physician’s guage is often misused. Medicine, like patients may be told that “the next recommendation. other professions, remains bogged http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Internal Medicine American Medical Association

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2004 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
2168-6106
eISSN
2168-6114
DOI
10.1001/archinte.164.13.1365
pmid
15249344
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Abstract

COMMENTARY PHYSICIAN ENTERS A course of their own health care and just had a heart attack: the first few patient’s hospital mobilize the inner resources that are hours of uncertainty in the coro- room and says: required for healing. nary care unit are also an introduc- “Good morning. Language is not neutral, how- tion to mortality, eliciting worry that 8 11 A Well, tell me, how is ever. As Spender said in Man- every beep on the heart monitor your chest pain? I just reviewed the Made Language, language is “not might be the last. Then, at the height pictures from your catheterization. merely a vehicle which carries ideas. of the patient’s anxiety, the physi- You have a severe blockage, and you It is itself, a shaper of ideas,” influ- cian might come in and gravely an- may be living with a time bomb in encing the nature and quality of in- nounce, “You have the type of le- your chest.” The patient sits mo- terpersonal experiences. Yet lan- sion we call a widow maker.” Other tionless, waiting for her physician’s guage is often misused. Medicine, like patients may be told that “the next recommendation. other professions, remains bogged

Journal

JAMA Internal MedicineAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jul 12, 2004

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