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Why So Complicated? [Sep. 20th, 2016|12:47 pm]
Tony Grist
We just filled in a form which involved listing the various medications that Ailz has to take- all of which have long, unEnglish and hard-to-spell names and I'm wondering why they can't have simple, user-friendly names which describe either what's in them or what they're supposed to do or both. For example (and this is simple and obvious because my medical knowledge goes thus far and no further) why do we say "aspirin" when we could say "willow bark pain pills"?

I know the answer, of course, It's about preserving the mystique- and so the power and revenue streams- of the medical profession and the drug companies.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2016-09-20 12:06 pm (UTC)
I'd always say: Copyright issues.
The stuff you want to sell needs a unique name, also to distuinguish it from others, and the next thing is the commercial aspect that grew with the decades and centuries of some inventions that have a long path of existence.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-09-20 12:51 pm (UTC)
It all comes back to money- and power of course; the two usually go together.
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