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January 27, 1999

Words in "In A Word"

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.Winker, MDIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorsIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(4):322-323. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-4-jbk0127

To the Editor: The A Piece of My Mind article by Dr Jackson1 brought to mind the use of the word "Kamerad" for persons of all ranks by the Communists after the Russian revolution as a device to destroy the power and influence of the former power structure. I hope it is not paranoid to suspect that the health care industry has sought to eliminate the words "doctor" and "patient" for the same reason.

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