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July 3, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(1):50. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680010050024

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To the Editor:  —There can be no doubt as to the high quality of the scientific work of the medical profession in this country. The same cannot be said of the standard of scholarship as shown by many of our medical publications. Mistakes in the simplest Latin terminology are constantly seen which would never be made by those who had been educated in Europe.One of the most frequent errors, which has lately been brought to my attention, occurs in connection with the words labium majus and labium minus, which have been frequently misspelled in excellent publications appearing in high class journals. Examples of such errors include "the left labium minorum," "the whole of the right labiae majorae and minorae" and the "right labia majora." One author has spoken in the same sentence of the "labiae" and the "labia."The majority of physicians seem to have forgotten that majus is

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