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January 3, 1920


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Washington, D. C.

JAMA. 1920;74(1):47-48. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620010053027

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To the Editor:  —In reply to Dr. M. W. Lyon, Jr., whose letter (The Journal, Dec. 20, 1919, p. 1897) takes issue with the designation "acute abdomen": The reference is to a report of remarks by Dr. Deaver. I wish to refer to the usage of the same terminology by Dr. Charles L. Gibson of New York, whom every Cornell student remembers as a purist in surgical nomenclature. Lymph glands exist for some surgeons, but only lymph nodes for Dr. Gibson. My own memories of the course in medicine at Cornell include none more vivid than Dr. Gibson's "Please do not say 'lymph glands' in my clinic!" Did a student mention carcinomas or sarcomas? He learned instanter that he meant carcinomata or sarcomata. Let a student, demonstrating on a patient, say to Dr. Gibson "And here is your adenitis," and the response would inevitably be "Not my adenitis!"This is

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