Medical Terminologies

Medical Terminologies: Classical Origins

Hardback Published on: 01/11/1992
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The often opaque and specialised vocabulary that is the language of the medical and biological sciences can be a barrier to students of the medical profession. John Scarborough takes a fresh approach to this problem. Beginning with a brief discussion of why jargons are common and necessary, the author proceeds through botany and invertebrate zoology to suggest how living things are classified and related to one another, as well as to demonstrate how Greco-Latinate terms in these fields are important in biomedicine. Scarborough then considers the human body through traditional systematics (bones, nerves, muscles, the respiratory, digestive systems, endocrine glands and the sense organs) to show how nomenclatures for parts and functions reflect continuous efforts to define the human being. In each chapter, the reader finds reference to classical philology and etymology as well as the thoughts of Aristotle, Galen, Aetius of Amida, Cornelius Celsus, Pliny the Elder and many other classical authors.

  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • ISBN: 9780806124438
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Dimensions: 216 x 139 mm

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