Patient privacy and Latin: my father’s story

Roger K A Allen
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2007.tb01301.x
Published online: 17 September 2007

To the Editor: I was both delighted and a little perturbed to read the recent letter by Katherine Haley about her general practitioner father who outsmarted the Department of Education by a medical sleight of hand, stating that his patient had “non-pseudocyesis”.1 However, it was not Latin, but Greek, that did the trick. Despite Dr Haley’s background in Latin, he, like all physicians, had unwittingly used Greek during his medical course.

  • Roger K A Allen

  • Private Practice, Wesley Medical Centre, Brisbane, QLD.



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