The Secret Language Of Doctors by Brian GoldmanThe Secret Language Of Doctors by Brian Goldman

The Secret Language Of Doctors

byBrian Goldman

Hardcover | May 25, 2016

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Have you ever wondered what doctors and nurses are really saying as they zip through the emergency room and onto elevators, throwing cryptic phrases at one another? Or why they do it? Do you guess at the codes broadcast over the loudspeaker, or the words doctors and nurses use when speaking right in front of patients?

In The Secret Language of Doctors, bestselling author Dr. Brian Goldman opens up the book on the clandestine phrases doctors use to describe patients, situations and even colleagues they detest. He tells us what it means for someone to suffer from incarceritis, what doctors mean when they block and turf, what the various codes mean, and why you never want to suffer a horrendoma. Highly accessible, biting, funny and entertaining, The Secret Language of Doctors reveals modern medical culture at its best and all too often at its worst.

For more than twenty years, DR. BRIAN GOLDMAN has beena highly regarded emergency physician at Toronto’s Mount SinaiHospital, and he has parlayed his medical expertise into anaward-winning career in medical journalism. CBC Radio One’s“house doctor,” Dr. Goldman is also the host of the radio programWhite Coat, Black Art, which airs on C...
Title:The Secret Language Of DoctorsFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:368 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 1 inShipping dimensions:9.41 × 7.24 × 1 inPublished:May 25, 2016Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1443416010

ISBN - 13:9781443416016


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Love Dr Goldman and his writing. I have a lot to relate to in this book and really appreciate it being put out there.
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting but overly detailed A good primer on medical argot but gets bogged down at times. Enjoyed the read.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever!!! Im so happy i bought this book. It gave you a behind the scenes outlook in the medical field. I learned so much about doctors, nurses and the health proffesion, without getting bored!!!
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting read Speaks about some interesting cases, but working in the medical field I have heard very few of the terms used in this book.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific A very good overview of the secret language used by doctors and definitely a wake-up call to members of the profession.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great title-true to the book The Secret Language of Doctors is thought provoking, funny, jaw dropping and thoroughly entertaining. This well written book gave me a picture, an understanding of the culture of modern medicine. Using stories and situations Dr. Goldman provides an inside look into the world of doctors. At times I was chuckling, and other times clutching my chest as I was taken behind the scenes into the world of medicine. This book is a must read!
Date published: 2014-06-12

Editorial Reviews

“Essential for all of us who depend on doctors (quite literally) to help us live longer and better. Goldman writes in a fun, brisk, accessible style—and the tales he recounts are both funny and sobering. Goldman is, without qualification, the most interesting doc around.”