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In the 21st century, patients with throat infections are no longer being bled to death by misguided doctors, like the unfortunate George Washington. But iatrogenic injury and death still remain serious risks. Because of a doctor's bad handwriting, a patient may be given the wrong powerful drug. The sheer number of drugs on the market has led to dangerous drug interactions, which often occur when one doctor doesn't know what another is doing. Too many patients go to the hospital for some common treatment and pick up an antibiotic-resistant staph infection. And let's not even think about those unlucky patients who wake up to find that the surgeon has removed the wrong foot.
Origin and Etymology of iatrogenic
Greek iatros physician + English -genic
First Known Use: 1924See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of iatrogenic
: induced inadvertently by a physician or surgeon or by medical treatment or diagnostic procedures an iatrogenic rash
iatrogenicity\-jə-ˈnis-ət-ē\play noun plural
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