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Doctor Slang

We all need a laugh once in awhile so I thought I would post this one. The article reminds me of the novel "House of God" that I read in medical school (You can pick up a used copy of this book on Amazon for under $1.00). The author popularized some of the following terms:

  • GOMER: Get Out Of My Emergency Room
  • A patient who is "giving the O-sign" is very sick, lying with his mouth open.
  • This is followed by the "Q-sign"--when the tongue hangs out of the mouth--when the patient becomes terminal.

I also found more medical slang on Google.

Yahoo News August 22, 2003

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