n South African Medical Journal - A rose by any other name is an Emergency Department : correspondence

Volume 104, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



In William Shakespeare's , Juliet says: 'What's in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.'

She is arguing that the name of something does not matter, only the thing itself matters. This is not always true. A name can determine destiny. Misnaming something can have negative implications. This is why it is so crucial that leaders in the specialty of emergency medicine unite in choosing the name of the department in which we work - the Emergency Department. We are still fighting the demons of 'Casualty', and now another misnomer has arisen: that of 'Emergency Centre'.

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