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Stick to Medicine, Doc


Among my many jobs, I edit magazines. In one issue that will publish next month, a doctor of emergency medicine declares that injuries caused by “accident” aren’t really accidents because these injuries are almost always preventable.

That got me thinking about the word accident. I know we often say we are in an accident when our car crashes or collides with something or someone. Is that really an accident?

The word has five definitions. The relevant one is the third: “an unfortunate event resulting from especially from carelessness or ignorance.”

The accident the doctor mentioned referred to a 9-year-old who tried skateboarding down some stairs resulting in an elbow fractured in a way that required a surgical repair with metal pins, and a cut across the middle of his forehead that required plastic surgery.

Sounds like an accident to me.

Until next time! Use the right words!

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February 16, 2016 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

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