history of medical terms


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About this time last year there was a great radio 4 series (please, I know it's dull to listen radio 4 but it's great company and it sends my children to sleep) of the etymology of medical terms/words. I think it was based on a book but I've searched and searched and can't find it or anything else like it. The programme featured just 1 old male professor talking about the Greek and Latin behind different terms/words and it was fantastic! Anyone know who he was/what his book is called (if it was even from a book)?


Frank E

Had this page in my history abdomenThe orgin of this term is not known. It was used as long ago as Pliny (A.D. 50), a

It cites:
Medical Etymology. The History and Derivations of Medical Terms for Studens of Medicine, Dentistry, and Nursing.

By: O.H. Perry Pepper, M.D. Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

It makes it a lot more interesting to read and easier to follow anatomy when you also learn the roots of the words, well it does for me.

I thought Sinus (from which we derive sine sinusoid/al etc) was the name of the curve of cloth on the front of a toga, thereafter adopted in mathematics electircal engineering etc whereas the etymology in the link above suggests it is from bay. Hmmm. I'd go with Dr Pepper though.

edit: It's absolutely not dull to listen to Radio 4 on the wireless. It is in fact a trusty old companion. :)
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