The origin of medical words and terms. Etymology is an account of the origins and the developments in the meaning of a word or term. Medical etymology brings us into contact with the “history of medicine, of human ideas, and of the human struggle to understand the forces of nature that determine human destiny and mortality,” as Dr. John Dirckx has put it.
For an example of a medical etymology, the word “diabetes” is borrowed from the Greek word meaning “a siphon.” The 2nd-century A.D. Greek physician, Aretus the Cappadocian, named the condition “diabetes.” He explained that patients with it had polyuria and “passed water like a siphon.”
Many medical words, like diabetes, come from the Greek or Latin, along with most of the prefixes and suffixes that form the beginning or end of many polysyllabic medical terms. Numerous other languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, Gaelic, German, Hindu, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Portuguese and Spanish, have also contributed to the great treasury of medical terms .
- Medical geography
An important “new” area of health research that is a hybrid between geography and medicine dealing with the geographic aspects of health and healthcare. Medical geography studies the effects of locale and climate upon health. It aims to improve the understanding of the various factors which affect the health of populations and hence individuals. It […]
- Medical helminthology
The field of medicine that pertains to helminths (worms) capable of disease in people. For more about these worms, see “Helminth.” The public health impact of medical helminths is appreciable. Two billion people are infected by soil-transmitted helminths such as Ascaris, hookworms, and Trichuris trichiura and by schistosomes. Early childhood infections by soil-transmitted helminths delays […]
- Medical history
1. In clinical medicine, the patient’s past and present which may contain relevant information bearing on their health past, present, and future. The medical history, being an account of all medical events and problems a person has experienced is an important tool in the management of the patient. 2. The history of medicine.
- Medical journal, first American
First American medical journal.
- Medical journals
the “Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.” The other was the “Journal des Scavants” (Scholars) which appeared in France the same year. From these 2 journals are descended the many thousands of scientific periodicals today, including all those devoted to the biomedical sciences and medicine, whether they be in print or newer media such as […]