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May 13, 1950

Medical Latin and Greek

JAMA. 1950;143(2):211. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910370061027

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This well planned book will be a valuable tool in the hands of diligent and persevering students of medicine who can devote to its study the time and effort needed to master its contents. Medical nomenclature, and many English words as well, carry new meaning when the student has even a bowing acquaintance with Latin and Greek.

About three fifths of the book is devoted to Latin and the remainder to Greek. Each section is developed in the same general way. The plan of instruction is necessarily simple. Three fourths of the Latin section, for example, is devoted to vocabulary study, the remainder to pronunciation, declensions, verbs, nouns, adjectives, prefixes, suffixes and phrases. Special attention is given to the Greek alphabet and to vowel and consonant changes. The vocabularies, which show Latin and Greek sources, include numerous illustrative examples of the English uses of the words and of their medical

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