September 6, 1902

Gastroptosia not Gastroptosis.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(10):580. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480360060012

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New York, Aug. 19, 1902.

To the Editor:  —In my letter which appeared in your issue for August 16 I noticed an error which may be either the printer's or my own slip of pen in manuscript. It reads "epi means on, upon or touching," while I wish to say "peri means on, upon or touching."Being prepared to meet opposition—since it is generally believed that "peri" means around only—I ask you to insert this correction.I know some of the Greek dictionaries are not explicit enough in regard to this word, and therefore allow me to say that not only in Greek spoken at present, but also in classical writers peri may distinctly mean "upon." Περ[unk] λεθον τεσέιν (Aristophanes, Acharnians v. 1180). Περ[unk] ν[unk]σον άλώμενοι (Odyssey 4, 368).[Dr. Rose's original letter shows that he was responsible for the error.—Ed.

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