(JERUSALEM POST) – Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the father of modern Hebrew, would probably get sick if he went to an Israeli hospital.

According to an article in the latest issue of the Hebrew-language journal Harefuah, doctors and nurses in the Jewish state prefer using universal or slang names for many medical terms instead of their given Hebrew names.

Prof. Avi Ohry of Tel Aviv’s Reuth Medical and Rehabilitation Center and Tel Aviv University, and Dr. Atzmon Tsur of Meuhedet Health Services’ northern district write that medicine and the doctors and nurses who practice it are a conservative bunch. Many of them also were born or studied abroad, so they are not likely to memorize the names of objects and terms used daily into Hebrew.

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