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2010-03-17 10:28:07

The practices of prohibiting hospital visitors from sitting beside a patient on the bed when visiting and banning flowers from hospital rooms in British health care facilities was the topic of a Wednesday editorial in the BMJ medical journal. In the commentary, author Dr. Iona Heath, a London-based general practitioner, argued that, "Rules that mostly diminish rather than enhance the joys of life have no place in hospitals, where joy is too often in short supply." "Doctors should never be...

Word of the Day
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.