May 17, 2009

Moribundus

Paul Watzlawick used to tell this story: "It seems a chronically ill patient waits in the hospital for the famous diagnostician. The physician steps into the examining room with his medical students in tow and looks over the patient. "Moribundus" he says, telling the students the patient is dying. Some years later the patient runs up to the doctor to thank him. "Everyone told me I could never get better until they knew what was wrong with me. When you said I had moribundus, I knew I could recover."
Thanks to Lynn Johnson through whom I learned this anecdote
Also read: Language matching

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