What is iatrogenesis ?

Learning new words is fun and so I bring you one that has become pertinent of late :


Of or relating to illness caused by medical examination or treatment.

So if you go into a doctor’s office with a sore foot and he pokes you in the eye with a spoon, that would be an iatrogenic injury. Similarly if you pick up a hospital-acquired infection or fall off an operating table or go in to have a wisdom tooth removed and end up with a broken jaw…

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