Dear Doctor, Please Talk Human to Me

Semantics play a significant role in physician-patient communication, yet, it is not uncommon for patients to have trouble interpreting their doctor’s medical vernacular. As people living with multiple sclerosis, the possibility of misunderstanding what is happening inside our body is a frightening thought.

The first time I received the results of an MRI scan of my brain in writing, I was bewildered. Words like multiplanar, T2-weighted, sagittal and FLAIR sequences looked rather dubious to me. What do they mean and how much should I be worrying? Other times,…

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