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Satirical parachutes

I’ve always loved satire. The official definition is “…the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.” I like to think of it as weaponized humor. Despite being a target-rich environment, medical writing has far less than its rightful share of good satire. When good medical satire comes around, I enjoy it.

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Learning to be a doctor

In college you learn to be a college student. In medical school, you learn to be a medical student. In residency, you learn to be a resident. 

In practice, if you let them, patients will teach you to be a doctor.


 

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Mangled medicalese

The language of medicine is highly evolved and complex and allows clear, detailed, specific and unambiguous descriptions. Except when it’s not.

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