What is jargon? Jargon is the specialized or technical language of a trade or profession. Perhaps there are not many people who clearly know when jargon first appeared. However, most people know that since it is used to serve people’s needs, jargon has brought many advantages and disadvantages for people who use it in their jobs or their daily lives. In addition, today we can see that jargon is used in many fields in our society. Medical professionals, for example, use a great deal of jargon to explain about the illness to their medical students or their patients. According to Perri Kiass, the author of the essay “She’s your basic L.O.L. in N.A.D.”, medical jargon can be helpful but also harmful to the medical professional’s work. Personally, I completely agree with her views. I believe that there will be gains and losses that results from understanding and using medical jargon.
First, to what extent can medical jargon be helpful to the medical professional’s work? The more extreme forms aside, one most important function of medical jargon is to help doctors maintain some distance from their patients. According to Klass’s view, she believes that doctors can take away the patient’s pains and also reduce the patient’s emotional impact by reformulating a patient’s pains and problems into a language that the patient does not even speak. For the fact, this linguistic separation helps the doctors to feel more comfortable when they have any conversations with their patients. Moreover, we all know that it does not matter whether people are young or old.
Having good health is always important in their lives. Therefore, doctors will hurt their patients’ feelings badly if these doctors tell the patients that these patients have got lung cancer. Personally, I believe that a cognitive doctor should not mention lung cancer with medical students in front of his or her patient. Instead of using these horrible words, a doctor can say something such as that we are worried about adeno-C.A. In brief, a doctor could be considered heartless if he or she does not use jargon and abbreviations whenever he or she has a conversation with his or her patient who is suffering serious illness.
Secondly, to what extent can medical jargon be harmful to the medical professional’s work? Jargon is less specific and thus less clear than ordinary English. When the doctors use jargon to clarify a point it frequently obscures the truth. Likewise, new words are added to medical jargon all the time. Also, the meanings of individual phrases change over time too. In addition Klass believes that there is the jargon that you do not ever want to hear yourself using. You know that your training is changing you, but there are certain changes you think would be going a little too far.
Personally, I completely agree with this idea of her. By using the medical jargon, doctors’ conversations seem lack of sympathetic for their patients. For instance, to describe a man with devastating terminal pancreatic cancer, a doctor simply says that basically he is C.T.D. According to this phrase, we can see that there is no sight of sharing the desolate that we used to see among humans. In short, by learning and using medical jargon, doctors can lost their emotional.
In conclusion, jargon and abbreviations play a very important role in the medical field. Doctors often use this kind of language when they have conversations with each other and even when they talk to their patients. Also, it is very necessary for a doctor and a medical student to understand and interpret this information at any instant. Their essential knowledge will serve patients and the medical community well. As you can see, medical jargon and abbreviations are both helpful and harmful to the medical professional’s work.