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
“induced inadvertently by a physician or surgeon or by medical treatment or diagnostic procedures
-ˈjen-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb
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.
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