"obtain" 'suffer/incur'

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Fri May 5 14:20:25 UTC 2006

I would interpret that "obtain" as a medicalese substitution
for plain old Anglo-Saxon "get."


---- Original message ----
>Date: Fri, 5 May 2006 09:52:51 -0400
>From: "Mark A. Mandel" <mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU>
>Subject: "obtain" 'suffer/incur'

>(written by a nursing professional):
>        she is at high risk to fall, she is very
compromised due to the osteoporosis and could easily obtain
a fracture if she fell
>m a m

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