In spite of many references on the correct usage of ”Diagnose”, usage of passive construction followed by a with-phrase – e.g. “The patient was diagnosed with cancer” — and usage of patient as object of this verb –e.g. “She helped with his story to raise awareness about Chiari, especially so doctor could diagnoses its victims earlier” are what I find in today’s media.
So, I am start to wonder : Is the correct usage of ”Diagnose” losing its ground ?
Correct usage (as being sescribed )
From Bryan A. Garner's Garner's Modern American Usage 2nd Ed.
to identify, esp. a disease or problem. Strictly speaking, it is the disease or problem that is diagnosed, e.g.: "Eichelman went to the doctor, who didn't diagnose the broken bone and told the swimmer he would be back in the pool in a few days." Jason L. Young, "Senior Is Eager to Make Up for Lost Season," Indianapolis Star, 7 Dec. 2002, at S4.
From R.W Burchfield's The New Fowler's Modern English Usage 3rd Ed.
Properly used to mean 'to make a diagnosis of (a disease, a mechanical fault, etc.)' (he was able to diagnose the fault at once), but now often used with a person as object (a baby who was incorrectly diagnosed as having died before birth, only to be delivered alive, but paralysed, 17 hours later-T. Stuttaford, 1990).
Defination from dictionaries :
Oxford English Dictionary 2nd Ed.
To make a diagnosis of (a disease), to distinguish and determine its nature from its symptoms; to recognize and identify by careful observation.
Shorter Oxford English Dictionary 6th Ed.
1.Make a diagnosis of, infer the presence of (a particular disease etc.) from symptoms. 2.Ascertain the condition of (a person etc.) by diagnosis. E20.
Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary 3rd Ed.
to recognize and name the exact character of a disease or a problem, by examining it_
Concise Oxford English Dictionary 11th Ed.
make a diagnosis of (an illness or other problem). identify the medical condition of (someone)_