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    #1

    He died as a result of a doctor's mistake

    Is "doctor's mistake" acceptable? Is it understandable?
    I know that "malpractice" is a proper word here.
    But I didn't have a dictionary and I came up with this. Now, I'm wondering how does it sound to a native speaker.

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    #2

    Re: He died as a result of a doctor's mistake

    It sounds just fine.

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    #3

    Re: He died as a result of a doctor's mistake

    'Doctor's mistake' is acceptable. 'Iatrogeny' is another possibility - and because it's more obscure iot tends to be used by peopl;e trying to cover up such mistakes. But I'm not sure you could argue that any mistake, necessarily constitutes malpractice.

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    #4

    Re: He died as a result of a doctor's mistake

    I agree with you about a mistake not necessarily rising to the level of malpractice. The word "iatrogeny" is very rare in my experience. The adjective form "iatrogenic" is far more common.

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    #5

    Re: He died as a result of a doctor's mistake

    I see medical error used in newspapers in this kind of situation.

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