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Felix Freshwater

Yale Medicine Magazine, 2011 - Autumn


Felix Freshwater, M.D. ’72, HS ’74, published a humorous look at medical jargon in the April 2011 issue of the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery. In the article, Freshwater proposed an alternative to both the Oxford English Dictionary and the Dictionary of American Regional English, to be called the Yale American Plastic Surgery dictionary, or YAPS. Entries include DIEP, “acronym for a type of patient to be avoided—demanding individual expecting perfection,” and “fillerologist—specialist in injecting fillers.” Freshwater lives in Miami, where he treats diseases of the hand and performs reconstructive plastic surgery.