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Consumer Health Informatics: Iatrogenesis

IATROGENESIS or IATROGENIC DISEASE: the Oxford English Dictionary defines iatrogenic as an adjective indicating "induced unintentionally by a physician through his diagnosis, manner, or treatment; of or pertaining to the induction of (mental or bodily) disorders, symptoms, etc., in this way." (OED online)

"Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance." --Confucius

This site provides basic information and reviews on iatrogenesis and patient safety websites and published scholarly or professional articles.

Iatrogenesis does not necessarily refer to medical error or malpractice although those two issues constitute a portion of it- it also has to do with the idea that commonly accepted medical theory and practice can and does cause disease and illness- that it is not infallible OR often scientifically tested.

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