How often does the media offend patients?


WHEN it comes to describing patients who suffer from disease, our choice of appropriate words continues to evolve.

In fact, if my use of the words ‘patient’, ‘suffer’ and ‘disease’ just grated on you, it may be because you have subconsciously adapted to medicine’s unceasing shift in language.

 Twenty years ago—perhaps even 10 —publishing about patients suffering from a disease was entirely appropriate. Now, we are more likely to describe a person with (or living with) a particular condition.