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Medical schools try to quash use of sometimes-demeaning shorthand

Chicago Tribune, May 7, 2008
Medical educators are trying to curtail the use of callous language that can lead doctors to think of their patients as obstacles to overcome, rather than human beings deserving of empathy. Medical residents tend to pick up such terms quickly during training, and indoctrination into the finer points of slang is part of what many professors call the hidden curriculum of medical school and residency training.