[lit-ideas] Re: Here's a new spin on preventative medicine

  • From: "Julie Krueger" <juliereneb@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 30 May 2008 21:26:59 -0500

I actually used "preventive" in the subject line, then though better of it,
assuming that the Commander in Chief must know something I didn't.

Orientate and interpretate as extractions from orientation and

I should perhaps contemplatate this.

Julie Krueger

On 5/30/08, Robert Paul <rpaul@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I'd always thought that 'preventative' was one of those barbarisms, like
> 'orientate,' that somehow crept into the language while I was doing research
> on molluscs in Greenland, but apparently there's a difference.
> 'The doctor gave him two aspirin as a preventative.'
> (The two aspirin are specific things.)
> 'In our clinic we emphasize preventive medicine.'
> ('Medicine' is non-specific abstraction.)
> 'Orientate,' seems to be derived from 'orientation,' just as 'interpretate'
> is a rebarbative ('one who shaves or is shaved more than once') folk
> extraction from 'interpretation.'
> Robert Paul,
> just getting his bearings,
> somewhere south of the city limits
> David Ritchie wrote
> On May 30, 2008, at 1:02 PM, Julie Krueger wrote:
>> "It means that doctors are practicing what they call preventative
>>> medicine. In
>>> other words, if you think somebody's going to sue you, if you're in a
>>> litigious society, then you'll take extra care by prescribing more and
>>> more
>>> either procedures, or whatever it may be."
>> I'd prescribe one of P.G. Wodehouse's "tissue restorers."
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