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October 16, 1954


JAMA. 1954;156(7):723. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950070051014

In an age when a medical student is no longer required to study Latin and Greek, these subjects having been brushed aside to make way for more training in the basic sciences, it has become expedient to minimize this loss by a study of medical etymology. With some help, any student with little or no knowledge of Latin or Greek can develop an easy familiarity with many important root words from these languages. These will help him to understand not only medical terms but also many other words used in the arts and sciences. When words originating from the same or cognate roots become associated in the student's mind the learning of a large new vocabulary of scientific terms is lightened and may even become a pleasure. To meet the current need for more information on medical etymology than can be found in the dictionaries, several excellent books and articles

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