Here’s today’s rant. I’m not a linguist, but the fact that the medical world seems to love the word VASODILATATION is completely out of my head. The root word for VASODILATATION would be DILATATE, but then that word doesn’t exist. There is no DILATATE in the dictionary. The correct term is VASODILATION. The root word is DILATE and it means (generally) to WIDEN. The two words (VASODILATATE and VASODILATE) have the same meaning: the expansion of a vessel. Why can’t the med world make it simpler for regular joes to understand a term? Is it just another reason for the med world to assume superiority over the everyone else? Why can’t everyone just use the word VASODILATION for the love of god(s)?
In an attempt to not go down as a med-student-who-wouldn’t-stop-complaining blog, I have my Clinical Skills Competency today in Basic Life Support. It shouldn’t be too bad, I remember my DRABCD, and I think I am confident enough to perform it. I guess to make it less boring, I’ll just try to make it as comical as possible while maintaining the effeciency of the process. We’ll see how it goes.
For the love of god(s),