Suneel Dhand In my previous blog, I talked about the importance of semantics in determining the balance between physician clinical judgment and patient inputs. Here’s another physician commenting on the importance of words. “Doctor,” he elaborates at some length in this post, is a term with denotations and connotations that are important in the delivery of medical care. Likewise “Physician.” Much is lost, he argues, when doctors allow themselves to be referred to as “providers,” “prescribers,” etc. Bottom Line. Quite simply, Dr. Dhand believes that physicians should push back on semantic abuse. How? By informing those developing computer systems, telephone menus and other media that they will no longer stand for being peripheralized in the name of equality and political correctness. I think he makes a good point!

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