Skip to comments.Alan Alda wants scientists to cut out the jargon
Posted on 05/01/2013 12:44:00 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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That commie turd is still alive??
Like Dr. Park on “Monday Mornings” explaining why surgery was necessary: “Not do, dead”.
Those within their respective fields need the jargon to quickly communicate complex concepts. However, if they want to communicate to a person outside their field, it is better to dump it.
Ki-Swahili works great in East Africa, not so well in Georgia, Denver or Keokuk, IA.
I agree. Imagine how many words it takes to translate "strangulated ileo-cecal intussusception secondary to Meckel diverticulum" into plain English. I would think it can't be done properly in less than 60 or 80, but to a medical professional, the entity is completely and clearly described in 8 words that take less than 5 seconds to say.
In one sense, it’s quite accurate to describe it as an ‘ass-ending’ colon. I know that’s where mine ends and I presume that’s where most of them do. :=)
“strangulated ileo-cecal intussusception secondary to Meckel diverticulum”
That reminds me, I need to buy more toilet paper. (And you owe me a new google.)
But - in just looking at one search result at least I was able to figure out which general part of my body it refers to. He’s not asking doctors to dumb things down among themselves - but just in explaining things to the public.
I had a professor that made us write several of our physics papers three times. One that we would give to him and in language he could understand. One that was written to one of the other non-physics professors. And the third as if it were written to the farmer wondering what we doing working along the road.
I believe that would be the descending colon, not the ascending colon. One hears what one wants to I suppose.
One of the best STNG episodes ever. Ever.