DOCTOR'S VIEW ARCHIVE
Diaphragm Pacing & Christopher Reeve
Medical Author: Frederick Hecht, M.D.
Online medical dictionaries have their limitations but one salient advantage they have over the standard print ones is nimbleness. A medical dictionary such as MedicineNet's MedTerms can be ever so nimble. It can incorporate a new word or term with alacrity.
Let's take one case in point. Yesterday (March 11, 2003) we read an article in The New York Times titled "Experiment Aims to Allow Paralyzed Actor to Breathe on Own." We found the story very moving. The paralyzed actor is Christopher Reeve. He recently had a new procedure done, which may free him from total dependence on a respirator.
The procedure is called diaphragm pacing. I had never heard of it but I thought it would be of interest to our viewers. So, after researching it, I created the following entry for MedTerms: