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June 15, 1935

Medical Greek and Latin at a Glance

JAMA. 1935;104(24):2207. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760240067032

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There has always been a need for a handbook of useful etymological data of Greek and Latin words among most medical students and physicians. While Latin usually is part of premedical training, they have little experience with scientific terms. The complexity that Greek introduces for the student is often bewildering. However, such intricate terminology becomes relatively simple by learning a few principles of word construction. This handbook first presents prefixes in both Latin and Greek which are constantly encountered, then the common suffixes, and finally the principles for compounding words. A list of important medical terms derived from Greek and Latin are appended to aid the reader in seeing how compounds are formed. The book is in a sense a key to word formation and not a treatise on Greek and Latin medical terminology. As such, it serves a most useful purpose and should be the property of every medical

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