The power of words cannot be underestimated. In medicine, different words hold certain connotations and can quickly set the tone, negative or positive, of any discussion or conversation sometimes without the speaker even realizing.
When you take the Hippocratic Oath, one of the promises you make is to do no harm. This includes the words you speak. However, many words we use on a regular basis have a shaming quality to them and risk hurting those around us, colleagues and patients alike.
Pamela Wible, MD has spoken on this topic before and created a list of seven shaming words and phrases she believes we should stop saying immediately.
Take a look here, and see if you agree.