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Today, we’re going to learn a very fancy word that you can use to impress people at cocktail parties. The word is…iatrogenics. I’m 75% sure that it’s pronounced: eye-ahh-tro-genics, so go ahead and practice saying it out loud in the privacy of your home.
Now that we can pronounce the word, let’s define it. Iatrogenics is a medical term. Iatrogenics is when an illness is caused by a medical intervention, and it’s what killed George Washington.
One night, old Georgie boy stayed out late riding his horse, and he got caught in a rainstorm. The next morning, George woke up with a throat infection, and decided to call a doctor. The doctor, in keeping with 18th century best practices, treated George Washington’s throat infection by draining out all of his blood. Fun fact for any non-doctors reading this: if you loose all of your blood, you die. And that’s exactly how …