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Pectoriloquy |

“Progress Notes” FREE TO VIEW

Luke J. Hofmann, DO; Valerie G. Sams, MD
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Editor’s Note: “After reading many of the poems published in CHEST, we were inspired to comment on one of the subtle daily tasks shared by all physicians.” The authors are critical care surgeons in San Antonio, TX.

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Chest. 2015;147(6):1706. doi:10.1378/chest.14-2791
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It is the story deciphered that transcriptionists quote.
Familiar words fill the pages of our daily progress note.
Meaning and emphasis of a crafted, collective expectation,
To influence administrators and payers with subtle manipulation.
However, some medical words rarely appear in this written chatter.
Whether due to tricky spelling or pronunciation does not matter.
Borborygmi, bradykinesia, and horriplation,
Not to mention micturition or lachrymation.
Trichotillomania, singultus, and rarely defecation,
But post-op patients worry us with their eructation.
Some words we hope to never see; munchausen and hoarder,
Chronic low back pain and oppositional defiant disorder.
Another word that leaves us terribly uneasy is psychopath.
But not nearly as much as operating on a bad vasculopath.
Plenty of other strange words comprise our medical jargon,
Makes the cost of medical school seem almost like a bargain.
While most words leave us longing for discharge planners to hear our plea,
The one word we simply never see is that of good old pectoriloquy.


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