The Amazing Language of Medicine

Understanding Medical Terms and Their Backstories

Authors: Taylor, Robert B. B. B.

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  • Promotes a deeper understanding of medical language to improve physician’s daily practice
  • Includes words from a wide variety of origins, including the bible and mythology, and covers basic terms, procedures, and diseases
  • Offers advice on how word choice in medical writing can increase clarity and precision    
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This book tells the intriguing and often colorful stories of the medical words we use. The origins of clinical and scientific terms can be found in Greek and Latin myths, in places such as jungles of Uganda and the islands of the Aegean Sea, in the names of medicine’s giants such as Hippocrates and Osler, and in some truly unlikely sources.

In this book you will learn the answers to questions such as:

•           What disease was named for an American space flight?

•           Do you know the echoic word for elephantine rumbling of the bowels?

•           What drug name was determined by drawing chemists’ notes out of a hat?

•           What are surfer’s eye, clam digger’s itch, and hide porter’s disease?

This book can give you new insights into the terms we use every day in the clinic, hospital, and laboratory. Knowing a word’s history assists in understanding not only what it means, but also some of the connotative subtleties of terms used in diagnosis and treatment. The Amazing Language of Medicine is intended for the enrichment of physicians, other health professionals, students, and anyone involved in clinical care and medical science.

About the authors

Robert B. Taylor, MD, Emeritus Professor, Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine in Portland, Oregon, and Professor, Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Taylor is the author and editor of more than 35 medical books. 


Robert B. Taylor, MD

Professor Emeritus

Department of Family Medicine

Oregon Health & Science University

School of Medicine

Portland, Oregon, USA

And

Professor 

Department of Family and Community Medicine

Eastern Virginia Medical School

Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Reviews

“The Amazing Language of Medicine is an enjoyable and educational sojourn across the linguistic medical world. … it would certainly give medical professionals a greater appreciation for the rich history that medicine and its eclectic language and terminology offer us.” (Arek V. Melkonian and Audrey Shafer, Anesthesia & Analgesia, Vol. 126 (5), May, 2018)

“The text is generously enriched by an eclec­tic array of illustrations, most in color and all with helpful public domain citations. … It is a treasury of notes and anec­dotes, a companion to study and life in medi­cine. … This book offers curious readers a resource for work-work balance by enriching their professional lives and deepen­ing their sense of history, discovery and mean­ing.” (William R. Phillips, Family Medicine, Vol. 54 (4), April, 2018)

“The Amazing Language of Medicine: Understanding Medical Terms and Their Backstories, is an etymological, philological, and historical work that entertainingly elucidates esoteric origins of selected medical vocabulary without the constraints, bulk, or boredom of traditional medical dictionaries. … Taylor's Amazing Language of Medicine, might be just the right medicine to refresh and rejuvenate one's workaday practice while expanding one's understanding of medical history in a significant way.” (Ira Rezak, The Pharos, 2017)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-50328-8
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $84.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-50327-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Amazing Language of Medicine
Book Subtitle
Understanding Medical Terms and Their Backstories
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-50328-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-50328-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-50327-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 238
Number of Illustrations
43 b/w illustrations, 96 illustrations in colour
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