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We should have known.

The news that Donald Trump dictated his own medical report — despite it being signed by his personal physician Dr. Harold Bornstein — hardly comes as a surprise. In all my years studying, teaching and practicing medicine, I have never heard any doctor say “astonishingly excellent,” or call anyone or anything “unequivocally” the healthiest.

“Unremarkable” is about as good as you’re going to get. Maybe “low-risk” if you’re lucky.

Language is important in medicine. It allows doctors to communicate nuance and uncertainty. It’s supposed to be precise, cautious and responsible. (Think the opposite of politics.)

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