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October 13, 1934


JAMA. 1934;103(15):1152-1153. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750410042012

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The novice in endocrinology finds himself bewildered not only by the tremendous number of recent contributions to glandular physiology but also by a new and unfortunately confused vocabulary. Ordinarily the addition of a few hundred words to the dictionary would concern chiefly the lexicographers; but the many names, synonyms (real and alleged) and trade marks in this field are so liberally interspersed in modern medical literature that the latter is all but incomprehensible to any one except an expert. In addition to the many terms invented from time to time by research workers in many parts of the world, the situation has been made even more difficult by the tendency of each of a number of commercial firms to register its own trade mark for a product to which otherwise, in most cases, it has no proprietary claim. The language of medicine appears to have been more burdened than enriched

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