Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Bad uses of the term "disease"

It's become an increasing medical conceit that anything that has no straightforward or obvious resolution can be described as "disease". Thing is, if something anything, is unresolved, unless it spontaneously stops, it continues.

 That continuation isn't disease, it's just the unfolding of something that has not been stopped or stopped itself.

And the longer it continues, the more likely it is that a side effect will present itself or become more obvious.

So my dripping tap, unfixed will continue to drip. This will cause limescale-from the water- to stain the sink where it drips due to the dripping's continuous and relentlessness.

All this is real. Calling this dripping a "disease" isn't.

If I resolved this and got it fixed, it would have been something demanding attention. Lacking the means of fixing this doesn't turn it into disease.

Things that have no obvious answer or response, do not need to be called 'disease' in order to recognize this.

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