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I went to “grand rounds” (that’s what they call medical lectures at the hospital) today. The topic was “Mild Traumatic Brain Injury”. This is apparently standard terminology in the field, to the point that it even has a standard mixed-caps initialism: “mTBI”. I just think there’s something darkly humorous about the name, especially now that I know that 20% of patients diagnosed with mTBI experience life-altering mental decline in the following months, including impairments to memory, language, and cognition. Someone has a funny definition of “mild”.

There’s also Complicated mTBI, and then Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury, which is seriously bad news. Don’t even ask what’s after “Moderate”.

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