- Promotes a deeper understanding of medical language to improve physician’s daily practice
- Includes words from a wide variety of origins, including the bible and mythology, and covers basic terms, procedures, and diseases
- Offers advice on how word choice in medical writing can increase clarity and precision
This book tells the intriguing and often colorful stories of the medical words we use. The origins of clinical and scientific terms can be found in Greek and Latin myths, in places such as jungles of Uganda and the islands of the Aegean Sea, in the names of medicine’sgiants such as Hippocrates and Osler, and in some truly unlikely sources.
In this book you will learn the answers to questions such as:
- Whatdiseasewasnamedforan American spaceflight?
- Do you know the echoic word for elephantine rumbling of the bowels?
- Whatdrugnamewasdeterminedbydrawingchemists’ notes out of a hat?
- What are surfer’seye, clamdigger’sitch, and hideporter’sdisease?
This book can give you new insights into the terms we use every day in the clinic, hospital, and laboratory. Knowing a word’s history assists in understanding not only what it means, but also some of the connotative subtleties of terms used in diagnosis and treatment. The Amazing Language of Medicine is intended for the enrichment of physicians, other health professionals, students, and anyone involved in clinical care and medical science.
Robert B. Taylor, MD, Emeritus Professor, Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine in Portland, Oregon, and Professor, Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Taylor is the author and editor of more than 35 medical books.