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October 14, 1911

A Practical Medical Dictionary

JAMA. 1911;LVII(16):1315-1316. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260100141047

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This book presents a number of novel features. Attempt is made to use the etymologically correct terms, for instance, "oothecectomy" instead of "oophorectomy," "scolecoiditis" for "appendicitis," etc. This is in line with similar attempts made elsewhere. Derivations are given from the Anglo-Saxon as well as from Latin and Greek. Special attention is also paid to synonyms and to listing under the name of a part the scientific terms for various conditions associated with that part. Thus under "abdomen" are found the various terms for abdominal dropsy, examination, incision, pain, tumor, etc. Under "pain" are listed pains which may be felt in any part of the body. Under "uterus" are listed the various anomalies of development as well as the pathologic conditions to be met with in this organ. This is extremely useful to one who is at a loss for the proper word to be used as well as to

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