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This book is a mine of interesting information. Given the opportunity it will fill part of the cultural gap that is present in too many medical bookshelves and minds.
The book is a brief encyclopedia of usage in medicine and related subjects; it embraces etymology, biography and history. Some words, such as glenoid, have only etymological interest; others, such as parotid, require both derivation and a synopsis of the history of their use; while Purkinje clearly involves biography and history, but no etymology.
Little can be said except in praise. Dr. Skinner has undertaken a tremendous task "to place in
The Origin of Medical Terms.. Ann Intern Med. 1950;33:261–262. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-33-1-261_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1950;33(1):261-262.
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