Margaret A.Winker, MDIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorsIndividualAuthor
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In Reply: I commend Dr Henderson
for reminding us of the leveling power of language. This may work for
good or ill. I have argued that if we choose to abandon "doctor"
and "patient," the result will be, on balance, a loss. I do not,
however, feel that health care managers introduced their new terms with
the intent to alter power structures. Rather, I believe that they are
simply expressing the values that are inherent in corporate
culture—values that may hold some limited virtue, but fall short of
the nobility traditionally expressed in our profession.
Jackson WC. Words in "In A Word"—Reply. JAMA. 1999;281(4):322-323. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-4-jbk0127