Word of the Day Archive
Tuesday May 4, 2010
A malady induced inadvertently by a physician or surgeon or by medical treatment or diagnostic procedures.
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.)
Iatrogenic stems from the Greek iatros, physician.