Why “Collective Well”?

I admit it, I like words. I like clever words, funny words, word play. And I also like meaningful words. I believe that carefully chosen words, when backed up by corresponding thoughts, sentiments, and genuine actions that make those words ring true, make all the difference. I also have found that the messaging and nomenclature we use in medicine can have unintended consequences when heard by patients, families, teachers, or community members. For instance, in my field, I often see children with a murmur, which is quite frequently a benign or innocent, normal finding of hearing the blood as it flows by in a growing child’s chest. Undoing the amount of angst generated by that word “murmur” could keep me in business a long time; not only does the word have an evil or sinister sound to it (remember “redrum” from The Shining?), but Continue reading