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May 18, 1907

LATIN DERIVATIVES IN MEDICAL WRITING—THE USE OF THE INTERNATIONAL MOTHER TONGUE.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(20):1682. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520460038008

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Abstract

The attention of medical writers is directed to the interesting plea on page 1714 for the use of Latin derivatives in order to facilitate the reading of articles by foreigners. The immediate advantages of the plan are so evident and they are so well stated in the "plea" itself that further elaboration really is unnecessary except by way of emphasis. The importance of exact titles for medical and scientific articles has often been discussed. Many an important observation has escaped deserved notice and remained buried in the literature deprived of opportunity to influence the development of knowledge because of misleading, incorrect or inadequate title. On account of the enormous extent of the current medical literature of the present day, it is more important than ever that the title should reveal at a glance the special topic and the scope of the article. Otherwise the article is likely to remain unnoticed

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