Brown U. Medical Students Translate Ferguson Jargon

December 16, 2014

Nine medical students at Brown University have created a website in which they translate the medical jargon from documents presented to the grand jury that declined to indict a police officer in the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The idea is to show what the evidence really says. Here is an example provided by the university:

Original (from police officer's physical exam): “Right mid mandible and mid maxillary region with mild palpable pain; no swelling, deformity or crepitus, mild ecchymosis developing to area, no palpable pain to bilateral TMJ and full ROM to TMJ.”

Translation: “Right jaw: Mild pain on the right side of the jaw, specifically around the middle and upper areas. No swelling, abnormality, or crackling/popping noises of the jaw bones. Mild bruising. No pain at the jaw joint. Fully able to move jaw.”


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