W. D. TIGERTT, M.D., F.A.C.P.
A letter signed "William Osler, M.D." published in the New York Medical Journal of 27 March 1897 ( 1 ) is not included in any of the several listings of his writings. In this letter he ably defends his use of the "barbarism of 'diagnose.' "
This story began on 22 February 1897, when Osler spoke to the New York County Medical Society concerning "The diagnosis of malarial fever" (2). This speech was reviewed, on the whole in a favorable fashion, in the editorial section of The Postgraduate of March 1897 (3). Toward the end of the review the editor
TIGERTT WD. Osler: "Diagnose" or "Diagnosticate"?. Ann Intern Med. ;74:1017–1018. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-74-6-1017
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(6):1017-1018.
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