The fear of hospitals is everywhere.  If anything, at least awareness of major safety concerns is growing.  The fact that it pops-up in unexpected places, like in the preface of a book on telecom terminology, is evidence of this fact.  Here is the passage I speak of:

Hospitals are dangerous places.  If you ever have to go to one, NEVER go without someone who will personally supervise everything about your presence there, the whole time you’re there.  A skeptical spouse works better.

This is from the ninteenth edition of Newton’s Telecom Dictionary (2003).  The twentieth edition (2004) contains a similar passage.  No mention of the subject matter in the in the previous 18 editions(at least not in the 18th edition, when I became a Newton neophyte). 

For those of you unfamiliar with the book, do yourself a favor and buy a copy.  If you use a computer, you need it.  If this computer is on a network, you really need it.  Regardless of whether you are a novice or an illustrious member of the digiterati, it is a wonderful resource to have around.  Newton issues an updated book every year and I buy it every year.  I frequently find myself dipping into it in pursuit of one definition and not resurfacing for an hour.   

For those of you interested in nosocomephobia, why it exists, what to do about it, and other health care related commentary, check out The Piper Report.


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