Nifty Word: iatrogenic

Nifty Word Corner
iatrogenic - inadvertently induced by medical attention; literally, "physician-generated." This could be an adverse reaction to treatment or advice given -- or even a condition created by the power of suggestion, attention-seeking behavior (eg munchausen syndrome), or a desire to please treatment-givers (as in the origin of the term 'placebo'; literally, "I shall please.").

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