A Lack of Emotional Concern

No such thing as blissfully unaware!

Mercy & Grand

a·no·so·di·a·pho·ri·a

(ă-nō’sō-dī-ă-fōr’ē-ă), Indifference,real or assumed, to thepresence of disease,specifically of paralysis. [G.a-priv. + nosos,disease, + diaphora,difference]

I learned a new word today: anosodiaphoria. It is a medical term, not even in the Oxford English Dictionary, that means “indifference, real or assumed, to the presence of disease, specifically of paralysis.” It was coined by Joseph Babinski, discoverer of the famous Babinski, or plantar, reflex in which scraping the sole of the foot determines spinal cord damage. Babinski first noted anosodiaphoria in 1914 in a few paralyzed patients who were all “meh” about their paralysis. Another, more general definition describes anosodiaphoria as a “lack of emotional concern.” A recent medical paper on the subject is titled “Blissfully Unaware.”

My dad and I took my mom to the doctor today–specifically, to the neurologist to receive the results of her annual memory evaluation, an extensive battery of tests performed…

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About Kathy Powers
Advocacy is my therapy. Chicago, IL

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