What does ‘Iatrogenic’ Mean?

The etimology (origin) of the word, “iatrogenic” is from the Greek:

iatros – physician
genic – English

iat·ro·gen·ic \  ī-ˌa-trə-ˈjen-ik adjective  

stethoscope-2117344_1280

Iatrogenic (Merriam-Webster)

“induced inadvertently by a physician or surgeon or by medical treatment or diagnostic procedures

iatrogenically

jen-i-k(ə-)lēadverb

iatrogenicity

– jə-ˈnis-ət-ē \ noun

 

In other words, the physician did it.

Examples of Iatrogenic Events:

  • George Washington was blood-let by physicians who thought they were saving him. His death was iatrogenic.
  • The pharmacist misread the doctor’s handwriting and gave the patient the wrong drug. The patient got the wrong drug due to an iatrogenic handwriting error.
  • (Extreme case) The surgeon amputated the wrong leg. The mistake was iatrogenic.

What made you want to know what ‘Iatrogenic’ means?

Comment below and tell us where you heard it used, especially if you have a link to an article.

Thank you for reading our articles! We try to make them spiffy and short, sweet & sometimes even … tart! Have a great day and know that you are beautiful!

~ ~ ~

9

Dr. Margaret Aranda

Personal Profile

Curriculum Vitae

 

 

Related Articles:

 

What is a Diagnosis?

Not all Disabilities are Visible

I Stand Up and Faint

~ ~ ~

Follow us on Twitter – A bunch of us Tweet every day – you should Join in! 

@TheRebelPatient

@themdphdisin

@FightForYourDiagnosis

@SuicideDue2Pain – Coined by @KimmeeKMiller

 

 

Additional Articles by Dr. Margaret Aranda

Organic Orange Blueberry Scones

Organic Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins

Organic Paleo Muffins

Organic Carrot Cake

Diabetes & Obesity

How are you Aging?

10 Complications of Diabetes

10 Health Benefits of the Low-Glycemic Diet

Chronic Metabolic Syndrome is Killing US

What does ‘Iatrogenic’ Mean?

What is a Diagnosis?

7 Ways that Chronic Pain Changes the Brain

What Matters to You: Patient Advocacy

From Dr. Forrest Tennant: Hyperalgesia: No Reason to Stop or Reduce Opioids

~ ~ ~

Read Dr Margaret Aranda’s Memoirs:

Age 1: A Baby in the Sky for Father’s Day

Age 2: The Making of a Woman Intensivist

Age 3: In the Blink of a Car

Age 4: Respond, Don’t React

Age 5: A Baby on the Edge

Age 6: Glistening in the Moonlight

Age 7: The Pigeon Boy, The Suction Bush and The Darkness

Age 8: Selling Cupcakes

Age 9: Sitting on the Edge of a Cave

Age 10: Mr Bubble Strikes Again

~ ~ ~

Follow Me: Let’s Tweet  and be a FB Caring Friend, too!

LIKE my Public Figure FB Page if you will, please!

Advertisements

7 thoughts on “What does ‘Iatrogenic’ Mean?

Add yours

  1. Thank you for your comment – it’s great to know what’s going on in medicine these days, right? So much with healthcare, medical error as #3 cause of death, and… oh the non-“opioid crisis” is another big one. I need to write a blog on that next. After I turn in The Rebel Patient to publish.

    Have updated it to reflect iatrogenic suicides due to no pain meds – truly sad. I pray you and all who stop by are not affected. Any of us can have pain tomorrow, so hope to pave the road responsibly. 😉 ((Hugs!))

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: