Looking for some interaction here. I hate the three words "Gait
Gait is a word that no-one ever uses outside of our own small professional
circle. I'm fed up of having to spell the name of my job out whenever anyone
asks me what I do.
Analysis sounds very technical ... and a laboratory is somewhere where
unspeakable things in lurid green test-tubes are poured down the throats of
defenceless animals by men in white coats with humped backs and mad staring
eyes. No wonder the kids we see often look terrified when they arrive.
The only thing that stops me from renaming our laboratory is the absence
any sensible alternative.
Does anyone out there have any suggestions?
Gait Analysis Service Manager
Hugh Williamson Gait Laboratory
Royal Children's Hospital
Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia
Tel: +613 9345 5354, Fax: +613 9345 5447
But first just a comment on "motion" or "movement" analysis. When I
kid and a doctor talked to you about "motions" and "movements" he was
talking about bowel function. I've never really been able to get over this -
particularly for a department within a hospital. Am I simply a victim of my
English upbringing or is this a wider concern?
I completely agree with you. An alternative name would be nice.
The facilities I use is called 'Laboratory of functional anatomy'.
Still, the word 'laboratory' is used, but 'gait' and 'analysis' is gone.
That's 2 out of 3!!!
Furthermore, 'Functional anatomy', cover other things that 'gait', as it
invites you to investigate jumping, running, dancing, standing on one (or
more) leg, throwing, sitting etc etc, which may make you job sound more
interesting and exotic at dinner parties ;-)
In a hospital setting I suggest that the facility could be named 'Dept.
Clinical Biomechanics' or 'Dept. of movement analysis'.
Seeing that the purpose of the gait lab is to detect "motion", the most
appropriate, and technically correct, not to mention politically correct as
well would be:
But that's my two cents and you know that I could not resist this one.
It depends if you're naming a specific place, or talking about these
of places in general. For a specific place, you could go for an almost
arbitrary name. How about the "Go Club" ? The "Moving Room" - "The Rovers" !
You can never get these names right though. My favourite name was the
"Preconception Clinic" in a maternity hospital, though perhaps they were
more clever than I thought, since they probably spent most of their time
teaching prospective parents what it's _really_ like to have children. [for
non-native english readers, preconception can mean "before the fertilisation
of a foetus", and also "an opinion formed without knowledge"]. Actually, the
more I think about it, the more I think they chose a great name.
Come to think of it, maybe "Motion Clinic" would be a bad choice.
How about asking around the hospital to see what other people (outside
gait world) call it for short ?
Gordon J. Alderink
Cheers, Barbara Loitz-Ramage
Give you are in Australia how about The Walkabout Center....
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