GOMER

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

An acronym that stands for "Get Out of My ER". The term was popularized by the 1978 novel The House of God by Samuel Shem (pen-name of Stephen Bergman). In this book, the word is applied to patients who are frequently admitted with complicated but uninspiring and incurable conditions.

Noun[edit]

GOMER (plural GOMERs)

  1. An undesirable patient or a patient who does not need medical care.
    That patient is a total GOMER. Turf him and let's get some lunch.

References[edit]

  • Shem MD, Samuel. The House of God. (1978). Dell Publishing, New York.