The unbearable simplicity of clinical consultation

When I read titles such as “What Are We Really Talking About?” I start wondering. The ‘really’ is so out of place. So, when this title appeared in my Twitter timeline I rushed to see what I ‘really’ have missed in clinical communication. Here is what I found out and why I suggest that the adverb ‘really’ be used with much more caution.

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Who owns language?

Everyday my Twitter timeline contains instructions how to speak. This week it was ‘stigma’, ‘discharge’, ‘commit’ (which is a standing item in such discussions), ‘patient’ and probably a few others which I don’t remember.  So, I started wondering who owns language and, more particularly, who has the right to tell me how to speak.

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