[Ads-l] Gomer Cool (1908-2012)

James Landau 00000c13e57d49b8-dmarc-request at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Fri Dec 4 15:38:00 UTC 2020

In the novel _The House of God_ by Samuel Shem  (pseudonym of Shephen Bergman) ISBN 0-440-13368-8 first published 1978, "GOMER", meaning a dislikeable hospital patient, is an acronym for "Get Out of My Emergency Room".
I have no idea if this be common medical slang or an invention by the author only for this particular novel.  My wife, who is an RN with considerable hospital experience, says she never heard "GOMER" outside of this novel.

James Landau
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