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The fascination words hold is never-ending. The fascination of medical words for a physician has been the theme of many a discourse, paper, and book. Wain turned his hobby of collecting lore about medical terms into a full-time effort. He has selected from almost innumerable medical terms those of particular interest, to tell us something of their derivation, the fun which comes from knowing about how a word got that way, and a chatty little essay about the words he has selected. We might call to question the importance of putting contemporary physicians in a book of less than six thousand entries, particularly when the selection seems to have been based on whimsey or a lack of insight into the real contributions of some included and some excluded. But then, a book of this kind has to be selective anyhow, and no two people would choose alike. The work is
Bean WB. The Story Behind the Word.. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;103(5):842. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270050164028