; J.Gan

2009-05-10 : Doctorspeak
Yesterday I was at a party, and somehow the conversation shifted to anaesthesia.

Anaesthesia comprises hypnosis, analgesia and muscle relaxation.

There are a few components to anaesthesia, I said. The unconscious bit and the not-feeling painful stuff bit. It's hard to have one without the other because they potentiate each other's effect.

At this point I was Stared At. Apparently "potentiate" is doctor-speak. Potentiate? Said the people. What about.. synergistic, I said. Their effects are synergistic. More blank looks.

Can you please say that in English, said one of them.

written at 6:14 p.m.

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