The linguistic, rhetorical, and metaphorical powers of language profoundly influence events of health care. Physicians are professionalized into their own isolating language at the cost of fluency in their native tongue. Translation is always inadequate. Physicians resort to ironizing detachment from patients to delude themselves that they will not sicken and die. David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest and the Wittgensteinian and enactive/embodied cognitive and phenomenological concepts that support his work offer models for clinicians committed to authentic care of patients.

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