The Doctor Did It!

How many times have you heard of cases where the cure seemed to be worse than the symptoms?  Well, there is actually a word for this . . . I was unable to find any current statistics, but were you aware that doctors are the third leading cause of death in the United States with 250,000 deaths per year being attributed in some part to iatrogenesis?  Ah, the value of a second (or third) opinion.

And, while not an official designation, attempts are being made to designate October as Iatrogenisis Illness Awareness Month.

iatrogenic

\ ahy-a-truhjen-ik \, adjective;

(of a medical disorder) caused by the diagnosis, manner, or treatment of a physician.

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