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August 18, 1888


JAMA. 1888;XI(7):237-238. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400590021003

"In medicine," says an author of a recent work,1 "we may often obtain more practical benefit from the study of some word with an account of the errors involved therein, than from the study of a new theory which rises like a balloon only to burst like a bubble." Dr. Campbell has written what may be called a synopsis of the linguistic history of medicine, which will prove especially valuable to those that have " small Latine and lesse Greek." The claim is made that in studying mathematics or grammar the pupil begins with definitions of the new words to be employed, and that the student of medicine also could save much valuable time by first mastering the meaning of the technical terms by which the principles of the science are to be carried into his mind.

But if it be meant that the student of grammar or medicine must

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