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She's Your Basic L.O.L. in N.A.D.

Abstract: Written by a physici*****n who is also a writer, this article looks at the mind-bending jargon physicians use every day. She clearly shows how these nearly illegible acronyms become so common in the healthcare field that practitioners do not understand why nonprofessionals can***** figure ********** out immediately. Humorous and yet sad, the essay shows jargon serves a purpose, to "remove" the patient from the physician, and this is surprising.

Klass' primary writing strategy is humor, but it is a d*****rk *****. The ***** starts out lightly enough, with much of the medical jargon her essay concerns. However, as ***** essay continues, the tone becomes darker, and it is clear Klass is concerned ab***** the ***** and *****s dehumanizing effects. She utilizes less offensive jargon to open the essay, (L.O.L = Little Old Lady), for example, and then uses an anecdote with her mother ***** show how the jargon has already taken over her speech. She uses ***** humor to make ***** reader more receptive ***** what they are reading, but ***** to make what follows ***** shocking, for the real reason behind ***** jargon ***** not funny at all.

Klass uses definition throughout the essay because she has to define the sometimes undecip*****able jargon so the lay reader will understand it. For example, "adeno-C.A." is lung **********, and "to box" is ***** die. These are necessary definitions for an au*****nce who ***** not medical, ********** ***** would have no idea what she is talking about. ***** ***** narration throughout the essay too, to differentiate between the definitions and the background of ***** patients, and her own reaction ***** what she ***** learning, along ***** her conclusion about why jargon exists and what she feels about it.

Klass uses contrast quite subtly throughout her *****, just as ***** uses humor. The ***** in her essay is the jargon juxtaposed with the severity of many of the symptoms, ***** the light and uncaring attitude ***** interns take regarding human life. The contrast of humor, lack ***** empathy, and the situation of many of the patients *****s this essay ***** more powerful and yet still gets the point across that many young doctors seem to be tot*****y unconcerned with their patients, and their patients lives.

Doctors ***** healthc***** professionals see death ***** day. In the 17th paragraph, Klass vividly shows how most *****are workers deal with death and dying, they remove the emotional impact by de*****izing ***** patient ***** jargon and acronyms that have little to do with the real life, breathing patient before them. ***** vividly ***** how people ***** deal with death every day ***** ***** manage it by making the people who die less than *****, and the jargon they use turns them into meaningless "things" rather ***** someone's mother, father, husb*****, or wife. This may not be what the reader wants to know about health workers, but Klass is attempting to show what happens as healthcare workers turn from students to professionals,

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