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November 21, 1885

"WORDS AND THEIR USES."

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Fort Custer, Montana

JAMA. 1885;V(21):586-587. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391200026012

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To the Editor of the Journal: 

Dear Sir:  —In a very excellent editorial on "Latent Talent in the Profession," in your Journal for October 17th, you refer to the use of the word "diagnose" as offensive. I beg to call your attention to the fact that Webster gives the words "diagnose" and "diagnosticate" as synonymous, and better authority could hardly be desired. It is true that the form "diagnosticate" is more in accord with the Greek unk, from which it is derived, but "diagnosis" may as well be considered as derived from unk, and it certainly has the merit of brevity. It would seem to be a most useless piece of work to attempt to check this tendency to brevity in speech in the present age; it certainly would, where the word of three syllables can correctly take the place of five, as in the present instance.Very sincerely yours,

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