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    #1

    it becomes possible to accelerate the treatment of the diseased

    Dear friends,

    I've got two questions about the sentence below:

    Furthermore, it becomes possible to accelerate the treatment of the diseased and also prevent severe disease conditions and the disease consequences

    1) I have some doubts about the word "accelarate". Is it idiomatic in this context? The alternatives are "speed up", "quicken", and "hasten" and probably one of them will be better.

    2) Can I call who have contracted an infectious disease "the diseased"?

    Thanks

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    Re: it becomes possible to accelerate the treatment of the diseased

    "Accelerate" works for me. I would not use "the diseased". Try "those infected".

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    Re: it becomes possible to accelerate the treatment of the diseased

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I would not use "the diseased".
    Is it because a diseased person may have a non-infectious disease?
    Not a teacher.

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    Re: it becomes possible to accelerate the treatment of the diseased

    No, it is because "the diseased" is a label that would offend many people. If someone has a disease that is not infectious, I recommend using "sick" or "ill".

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    Re: it becomes possible to accelerate the treatment of the diseased

    I thought "the diseased" might be a typo and that it should have been "accelerate the treatment of the disease". However, I realise that we don't "treat a disease", we "treat a person". The former is used a lot, though. "What's the treatment for leukaemia?" is probably more common than "What's the treatment for a person with leukaemia?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: it becomes possible to accelerate the treatment of the diseased

    Yes, we often say that we treat "diseases". We don't usually treat the "diseased", however.

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    Re: it becomes possible to accelerate the treatment of the diseased

    Milan2003_07, was "the diseased" a typo?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: it becomes possible to accelerate the treatment of the diseased

    Number two in the OP's post suggests that it was not.

    2) Can I call who have contracted an infectious disease "the diseased"?

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