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Decoding Medical Gobbledygook

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Initial post: Dec 16, 2012 2:13:18 AM PST
If you want to earn your doctor's respect, you need to learn to speak his language !

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Posted on Dec 16, 2012 5:42:06 PM PST
Isn't that what we laypeople use Google for?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012 6:52:33 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 16, 2012 8:32:06 PM PST
I just ask questions until my doctor explains it well enough. Usually he'll send home additional reading as well. That's considered (in America anyway) to be part of the office visit. I've never had an issue with him about it. If I did then I'd move on to another physician.

And, like Tree hugger said, there is google to bone up on the issue before ever going in.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 2:09:54 PM PST
Oregongirl says:
I research quickly what I can online and then go in with any questions on paper. My physician is careful in answering all my questions in simple terms.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 2:35:44 PM PST
"If you want to earn your doctor's respect, you need to learn to speak his language!"

It may be helpful to have a source for medical terminology in order to understand medical reports. But doctors don't base respect for patients on whether they are conversant with medical lingo.
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