Labels commonly used in clinical settings, like “elective” or “therapeutic,” influence how we think about the justifiability of abortion. We talk with Professor Katie Watson and Dr Maryl Sackeim about how the language clinicians use to describe abortion can affect patients’ experiences and even cause harm.
Whether conditions are recognized as pathological can influence how symptoms get addressed and how treatments get reimbursed. When we choose to call something a disease, even our expressions of empathy towards individual patients can change.
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