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September 26, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(13):713-714. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430910043004

An Eastern medical weekly (published at a center of culture with a university richly endowed in all its departments) editorially endorsed the cant of an English pedant against the use of Greek in medical terminology on the ground that: "Even when scientific coinages have been adopted into the language of the people, it is not always certain that men of fair culture correctly analyze them into their original constituents and real significance." This is clearly an apology for the "fair culture" of the following review of a "quiz compend" in the same number of this weekly: "There is a tendency to the use of Latin headings for familiar diseases which is to be deprecated, stomatomycosis for instance might well be written 'thrush' and `coprostasis' might be simplified into `lead poisoning.' " The "fair culture" which could turn into Latin such familiar Greek as stomatomycosis and coprostasis and could mistranslate the last

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