nosocomial vs. iatrogenic

James W. Sandoz sandoz at umbc.edu
Wed Oct 30 06:31:40 EST 1996

Webster's 3rd International Dictionary (unabridged) 1981:
	Iatrogenic:  Induced by a physician - used chiefly of ailments
induced in a patient by autosuggestion based on a physician's words or
actions during examination.

	Nosocomial:  Originating or taking place in a hospital.

My interpretation has been that infections are nosocomial; other
conditions (sponge left after surgery, wrong leg amputated, etc) are
iatrogenic.  I'd never considered "autosuggestion".  Does anyone in
medicine have a different take?
Mr. James W. Sandoz, Instructor, UMBC Dept of Biol Sciences,  
				 1000 Hilltop Circle
				 Catonsville, MD 21250
voice: (410) 455-3497; fax: 455-3875; net: sandoz at umbc.edu

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