HARRY L. ARNOLD JR., M.D., F.A.C.P.
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To the editor: If the term "cerebritis" (Ann Intern Med 80:413-414, 1974) is allowable, it should only be on the basis of involvement of the cerebrum to the exclusion of other parts of the encephalon; otherwise, "encephalitis" or "encephalopathy" should be used. Greek roots for diseases, Latin for anatomical names. Surely we wouldn't permit "renitis" or "oculitis"? The exceptions, which aren't many, got in under a grandfather clause that is no longer operative; at least, it shouldn't be invoked without cause, and in the case of lupus erythematosus encephalopathy, the cause seems to be lacking.
ARNOLD HL. "Cerebritis". Ann Intern Med. 1974;81:569. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-81-4-569_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;81(4):569.
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