A flag is a flag is a flag

Anna Kelsey-Sugg

Everyday words can take on different meanings when used by medical practitioners, but to what effect?

The medical field, like every other, has a language of its own. Just watch any TV medical drama for an earful of the lingo (some more authentic than others) specific to health and medicine. Some words, like ‘flag', can take on a particular meaning other than their everyday one. Medically speaking, flags are markers of risk factors. They highlight and encourage medical practitioners to be aware of non-medical iss...

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Published 06 November, 2008 | Updated 13 January, 2015