Uncertainty
You may be uncertain why "uncertainty" deserves a place in a medical dictionary but some would say that uncertainty is a key element in medicine. "The core predicament of medicine — the thing that makes being a patient so wrenching, being a doctor so difficult and being a part of a society that pays the bills they run up so vexing — is uncertainty," observed the surgeon Atul Gawande. "Medicine's ground state is uncertainty. And wisdom — for both patients and doctors — is defined by how one copes with it." Source: Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science. By Atul Gawande. Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt & Co., New York, 2002.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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