Sunday, July 26, 2015

Breathing Trouble or Trouble with Breathing?

Language is a difficult issue when it comes to medicine, and so much of what a physician learns about a patient's problems are through the words used in describing the issue.  One might say "shortness of breath" or "trouble with breathing" or the medical term "dyspnea," and they all have different nuances of meaning.  The task is to accurately communicate the problems that the person is having, because the range of pathology that can affect the ease of breathing is incredibly broad.  Here is just one look at the topic, in the Scary Symptom post:

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