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The professions that we have the most respect for here at Newsstand, above all others, are those medical related. Doctors, nurses and specialists (not to mention all the administrative staff, porters, ambulance crew and the like) face a job full of stress, dealing with life and death on a pretty much daily basis. Nurses are frankly rather poorly paid in our opinion, and they deserve better. Something else that could be much better is the media attitude towards medical professionals. Apologies for the approaching rant but it needs to be said.
For the most part it’s not too bad, but there’s one aspect, one phrase that really gets our goat. “He/She defied the doctors...” is one of the most misleading, salacious, pernicious and malicious (we’re getting good value out of our thesaurus) phrases in newspaper coverage. Say someone is terminally ill, and they have a 99% chance of only living 5 years and a 1% chance of making it to 10. For the average person it’s very unlikely, and telling them they might make it through ten more years would be misleading, but the simple statistics suggest that one out of every one hundred people will. And there are a lot of terminally ill patients. Meaning there will be a lot of ‘miracles’. Yet the suggestion that they have defied the doctors makes it sound like the medical profession was trying to kill them, or responsible for their illness. If we could change just one thing in the world it would be to change every single use of the term to read “He/She defied their illness...” NB