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The Secret Language Of Doctors

Category: Book
By (author): Goldman, Brian
Subject:  HEALTH & FITNESS / Health Care Issues
  MEDICAL / General
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: May 2015
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 0.92in
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$ 17.99
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From The Publisher*


All of us have visited the doctor or sat in the emergency room for long hours awaiting treatment. When we finally do reach the other side of the swinging doors, we enter into what seems like another world, with practitioners in white coats and scrub suits speeding from patient to patient, consulting with one another amid controlled chaos. Beneath the cacophony of medical equipment and routine codes announced over the loudspeaker, doctors and nurses use a kind of secret language, usually out of earshot of their patients but sometimes in front of them. The words you'll learn in this book are not expressions that you'll likely find in a medical textbook or even hear on a television show. In fact, most health professionals would rather you didn't know that this underground language exists at all.

In The Secret Language of Doctors, bestselling author Dr. Brian Goldman pulls back the curtain to reveal some of medicine's darkest modern secrets, decoding the colourful and clandestine expressions doctors employ to describe difficult patients, situations and medical conditions-and sometimes even other colleagues. You'll discover what it means to exhibit the symptoms of "incarceritis," what "blocking" and "turfing" are, and why you never want to be diagnosed with a "horrendoma." In the process, you'll gain profound insight into what doctors really think about their patients' personalities and even their chances of making it out of the hospital alive.

Highly accessible, biting, funny and entertaining, The Secret Language of Doctors reveals modern medical culture at its best and all too often at its worst.

Review Quote*

"Disturbing and hilarious, sometimes concurrently" -Winnipeg Free Press

"Every profession has its jargon, terminology that conveys membership in a rarefied group. But doctors have something more-a secret language used in everyday practice. It is used as a buffer, a way to protect doctors and patients alike from harsh realities. The Secret Language of Doctors takes us behind the curtain and, in doing so, reveals fascinating insights on the practice of medicine, warts and all." -ANDRE PICARD, HEALTH COLUMNIST, THE GLOBE AND MAIL

"I have worked for, with and around doctors-and am the son of one. Doctors, bless their souls, can't communicate. Dr. Brian Goldman is the exception: The Secret Language of Doctors is essential for all of us who depend on doctors (quite literally) to help us live longer and better. Goldman writes in a fun, brisk, accessible style-and the tales he recounts are both funny and sobering. Goldman is, without qualification, the most interesting doc around. His book is, you might say, just what the doctor ordered." -WARREN KINSELLA

Biographical Note

BRIAN GOLDMANis an emergency physician at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital and the host of CBC Radio's award-winning programWhite Coat, Black Art. His inspiring yet bracingly honest TEDx talk about medical errors-which has been viewed on the Internet almost one million times-has cemented his reputation as one of his generation's keenest observers of the culture of modern medicine. The author of the acclaimed bookThe Night Shift, Dr. Goldman lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.