The Greek term " iatros" means physician and is derived from the word "iasthai", which means to heal or cure. In the context
of pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease, what is the significance of the term iatrogenic (Table 2)? The term iatrogenic
means "physician induced". The fact that the term iatrogenic is listed as a pathophysiologic mechanism of disease emphasizes
that there are some patients we cannot help, but there are none we cannot harm.
Dr. Osborne, a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, is professor of medicine in the Department
of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota.