J. M. ROCCA, M.B. B.S.
To the editor: I was interested to read Olans' contribution on medical collective nouns (1). I was vividly reminded of a series of similar terms that a fellow medical student and I invented, in a single session, a few years ago.
We, too, thought of a clot of haematologists (and also a group . . .) and a colony of bacteriologists (who tend to be cultured people anyway). We also imagined a wealth of surgeons; an orbit of ophthalmologists; a complex of psychiatrists; a clone of geneticists; a stream of urologists; and a corps of pathologists. Why not a brace
ROCCA JM. Collective Medical Nouns. Ann Intern Med. ;96:260. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-96-2-260_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;96(2):260.
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