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the reason for the neologism

October 19 2010 at 10:53 PM
charles platt  (Login cplatt)
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Response to Not sure how I misrepresented Melody


I believe the original rationale for referring to cryopreserved human beings as "patients" was to remind all those involved that the human beings are not necessarily irreversibly dead, and therefore should be treated with the same care and conscientiousness as if they were everyday patients. Ironic if this attempt to encourage diligence should be challenged on grounds of misrepresentation. But personally I have always preferred the term "cryopatients," since it it is more specific and less open to misinterpretation, either by accident or intention.

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