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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

iatrogenic

\ahy-a-truh-JEN-ik\ , adjective;
1.
A malady induced inadvertently by a physician or surgeon or by medical treatment or diagnostic procedures.
Quotes:
Chronic insomnia thus becomes a self-perpetuating and/or iatrogenic condition as sufferers are prescribed (or acquire) hypnotics for transient sleeplessness, and then develop an ongoing problem getting to sleep without chemical aid.
-- New York Times, reader comment, April 2010
It is very common to see dogs develop iatrogenic Cushing's as a result of long term use of corticosteroids (Prednisone.)
-- www.dogforums.com
Origin:
Iatrogenic stems from the Greek iatros, physician.
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