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Australian doctors are calling for people to stop using terms named after ‘men, kings and gods’ to describe body parts – such as Adam’s apple and Achilles heel.
Queensland specialist obstetrician, gynaecologist and anatomy lecturer, Dr Kristin Small, teaches students to phase out irrelevant and misogynistic medical language.
She believes the terms represent older generations and is pushing to use more practical and descriptive terms for body parts.
‘I think we have a personal choice to decolonise our language and these historical terms will fade out,’ Dr Small told the Courier Mail.
Dr Small said she makes sure her students still know eponyms for exam purposes and says there are always alternatives for the ‘dead man’s name’.
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