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July 13, 1957

Principles of Urology: An Introductory Textbook to the Diseases of the Urogenital Tract

JAMA. 1957;164(11):1287-1288. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980110113023

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The twofold purpose of this book, as expressed in the preface, has been well fulfilled. Its first purpose is that of serving to instruct the student in the fundamentals of urology, and the second is to serve as a practical guide for the nonurologic practitioner. This book might be just another addition to the several textbooks of similar design which have been recently placed on the market except for two outstanding and unusual features. The first is a brief consideration of urologic semantics followed by a short syllabus of frequently employed urologic terms. The treatment of the section on semantics is highly entertaining and enlightening and should be a revelation to most students and doctors of medicine as to some of the common blunders in the use of medical terms and in the structure of medical language. An example of the peculiar jargon which is used in almost any clinic

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