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October 24/31, 2001

WordsThe Words of Medicine: Sources, Meanings, and Delights

Author Affiliations
 

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media

 

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by Robert Fortuine, 424 pp, $84.95, ISBN 0-398-07132-2, paper, $59.95, ISBN 0-398-07133-0, Springfield, Ill, Charles C Thomas Publishers, 2001.

JAMA. 2001;286(16):2029-2030. doi:10.1001/jama.286.16.2029-JBK1024-4-1

An occupational hazard for most of us in the learned professions is the danger of losing sight of the almost miraculous nature of articulate speech, of underrating the power and majesty and beauty of language, of not being able to hear the words for the paragraphs. The Words of Medicine is the kind of book we all need to read from time to time to restore our appreciation of the gift of language and redirect our attention to the jewel-like spark of life and meaning that lies imbedded in even the most banal word or phrase.

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