Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Quandary and quaternary

While trying to find an interesting Q word for ABC Wednesday I happened upon QUATERNARY. 

Wikipedia explains that "The term quaternary care is also used sometimes as an extension of tertiary care in reference to medicine of advanced levels which are highly specialized and not widely accessed. Experimental medicine and some types of uncommon diagnostic or surgical procedures are considered quaternary care."

Sounds ominous already, no?

Some health experts think so, too, because I found this:

Quaternary prevention, first coined at Wonca world Hong Kong 1995 by M. Jamoulle & M.Roland, describes the protection of patients from diagnostic tests, interventions and treatments that offer no benefit for overall morbidity or mortality for the individual, and may cause physical or psychological harm.
The P4 concept pulls together all reflexive moves on the problems resulting from an excess of medical care, such as overscreening, overinvestigation, overprescription, and overtreatment.

 No direct relationship to quaternary (I hope!), but here you see the new Kupat Holim Clalit health center to which the gastroenterology (and other) specialists have now moved. 
It is on Bethlehem Road in Jerusalem and is called Lev Talpiot.

Ah, but the writing above the main door puts me in a quandary.
How can I find out why it says Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate  Jerusalem 2000  above the door to my new medical center?


Kay said...

I'm glad your quest for a q word turned out so well, Dina.

Dr M said...

An interesting definition as I used "The Quaternary of Israel" in my dissertation, a book that discusses the geomorphology of the Shephelah.....I wonder what the two topics have in common? You inspire me to research!

Roger Owen Green said...

I was particularly fascinated by the medical term and its implication.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team'

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Oh what problems our medicine can cause.

You have a new mystery to investigate with the sign.

PhenoMenon, ABCW Team said...

This is "Q"uite interesting :)

PhenoMenon, ABCW Team

toby said...

Oh, that is surprising! I wonder what the connection is.
That's a lovely new building, I haven't seen it yet. I have to say that I very much like the idea of open balconies in a medical clinic, I've never seen anything like that before. Perhaps when there's a nice breeze, the waiting rooms are relocated to the balconies?

photowannabe said...

I really love all the unusual and varied words that come for ABC Wednesday.
It's a wealth of knowledge.

Doronette NF said...

Bravo for your imagination !

Ann said...

That sure seems like a contradiction doesn't it!! All medicine is practice really---each doc has their own practice. I try not to think of it that way though.

Spiderdama said...

Interesting post Dina. Quaternary is a scary word in Norwegian. I refrain from thinking of doctors.

VP said...

Our average health care is what you would expect in the Quaternary Period...

Reader Wil said...

You are extremely clever, Dina! I tried to understand the word " quaternary", but in vain even Wikipedia cannot help me. It is worthwhile rereading your post and to find out what the quaternary period is.Q is a difficult letter.
At this moment I am watching the bar mitswa in Jerusalem of a group of boys. I also saw the Old City. I am so glad you showed me all of this! Great memories!

crystal said...

So many Q words I ddidn't know about! Quaternary = wooly mammoths?

Gemma Wiseman said...

Uncommon surgical procedures almost sound as if they may be a little experimental! Intriguing post! I had no idea about this perspective of the medical world!