To the Editor:
In the case presentation of their article “Occam's Razor for Severe B12 deficiency”
1, Moss, et al., use the phrase “did not endorse any recent outdoor activities such as hiking”. I believe that they mean that she had not done that activity, but the word “endorse” is not the correct word to state this.
- Moss C
- Patil DT
- Connell NT
- Zon RL
- Barkoudah E.
Occam's Razor for Severe B12 Deficiency.
AJM. 2022; 135: 844-847
I have noticed the word “endorse” misused in medical settings over the last few years. Endorse means to sign a check or to support an idea, political position or candidate, and does not have anything to do with a patient's symptoms.
When a clinician says “the patient endorses chest pain”, they are saying that the patient thinks that chest pain is a good idea, not that the patient is experiencing it.
The word “endorse” should be removed from clinical lexicon.
- Occam's Razor for Severe B12 Deficiency.AJM. 2022; 135: 844-847
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