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Rant: Vocabulary Matters

Rant: Vocabulary Matters
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Bruce Davis, MD

Bruce Davis, MD, is a Mesa AZ based general and trauma surgeon. He finished medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago way back in the 1970’s and did his surgical residency at Bethesda Naval Hospital. After 14 years on active duty that included overseas duty with the Seabees, time on large grey boats and a tour with the Marines during the First Gulf War, he went into private practice near Phoenix. He is part of that dying breed of dinosaurs, the solo general surgeon. He also is a writer of science fiction novels. His works include the YA novel Queen Mab Courtesy, published by CWG press (and recently reissued by AKW Books as the e-book Blanktown). Also published through AKW Books are his military science fiction novel That Which Is Human and the Profit Logbook series, including Glowgems For Profit and Thieves Profit.

The Website: www.thatwhichishuman.com
The Blog: www.dancingintheor.wordpress.com

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Bruce Davis, MD (click to view)

Bruce Davis, MD

Bruce Davis, MD, is a Mesa AZ based general and trauma surgeon. He finished medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago way back in the 1970’s and did his surgical residency at Bethesda Naval Hospital. After 14 years on active duty that included overseas duty with the Seabees, time on large grey boats and a tour with the Marines during the First Gulf War, he went into private practice near Phoenix. He is part of that dying breed of dinosaurs, the solo general surgeon. He also is a writer of science fiction novels. His works include the YA novel Queen Mab Courtesy, published by CWG press (and recently reissued by AKW Books as the e-book Blanktown). Also published through AKW Books are his military science fiction novel That Which Is Human and the Profit Logbook series, including Glowgems For Profit and Thieves Profit.

The Website: www.thatwhichishuman.com
The Blog: www.dancingintheor.wordpress.com

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We had a speaker at our regular Wednesday trauma meeting today, some administrator who was telling us about new staffing policies for the hospital and how many nurses we’d be losing from the trauma service. She went on and on about the “negative impact of declining reimbursement” and the “projected impact of attrition on staff levels” and the “impact of Obamacare on the ER population” until I wanted to scream. The information was important since it affects the way we will plan for our trauma shifts, but I wanted to shake her and shout, “The word you want is AFFECT.” IMPACT is a physics term.

If I hit you in the nose with a baseball bat, you’ve been “impacted.” If funding for your favorite project is cut, you’ve been “affected.” Somewhere along the way, the bean counters and middle managers decided that using “impact” made their inherently boring talks sexy and more interesting. It’s become such a cliché that no one notices anymore; no one except curmudgeons like me. Rant finished.

 

 

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