Let's Ban the Phrase 'Studies Show' From Medical Lingo

September 12, 2014 5:29 PM

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Let's Ban the Phrase 'Studies Show' From Medical Lingo

We've gone through four dreadful pre-medical years of learning everything from the composition of atoms to how an apple exerts force when falling off a tree. We've taken a massive exam full of content mostly unrelated to our future field only to be put through four more years of intense medical education (and several additional massive exams). We've managed to earn a medical degree and have gone through at least some postgraduate training.

So when I hear medical trainees in passing debating clinical management or listen in on a young clinic doc explaining treatment options to a mutual patient, I cannot help but cringe every time I overhear the phrase "studies show."

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