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Medical Meanings: A Glossary of Word Origins, Second Edition (Medical Humanities) [Hardcover]

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More than just a dictionary, Medical Meanings explores the history of medical terms. Written with bracing wit and a refreshing lack of pretense, this new edition has been completely revised and sharpened, and nearly 300 new words and phrases have been added. Whether you are a student, physician, or word connoisseur, a delightful reading experience awaits.

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Pages   267
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 7.25" Height: 10.25"
Weight:   1.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2003
Publisher   American College of Physicians
ISBN  1930513496  
ISBN13  9781930513495  

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1Books > Subjects > Medicine > General
2Books > Subjects > Medicine > Reference > Dictionaries & Terminology
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4Books > Subjects > Reference > Words & Language > Etymology
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Great book on etymology  Jun 14, 2007
Dr Haubrich's book is great! I own the hardcover first edition, and have found it quite useful. There are other older books on medical etymology (usually gathering dust in the stacks of medical libraries) that are much more detailed and have more information, but Dr Haubrich's is the most readable. Sometimes I just pick up this book and browse (can't do that with the other books!). All in all, I would highly recommend this book to everyone interested in this subject.
William Safire, beware!  Mar 8, 1999
Dr. Haubrich's glossary is a clearly a labor of love as well as expertly researched tome of medical meanings. For those interested in etymology, his book is as much as a therapeutic massage to the intellect as Barnette's book (Ladyfingers & Nun's Tummies) is a sensual, cerebral tweeking of the palate. I stumbled across an advertisement for the book in a medical journal. Having spent a few months researching medical word origins, I gave up after reading this delightful book. It has no past (or future) competition. The advertisment was meant for physicians, but I believe that a much wider audience might well enjoy his meticulous research and muted humor. I enjoyed his mini-essay on the origin of the "Western blot", the tables explaining number and color origins, his whimsical asides on otherwise obscure (and pretentious) medical terminologies. I paid full price, and I would advocate for an this discount, as well as a pairing of the book with other more popular books on word origins. I would hope that the author plans a sequel, paperback edition and/or periodic updates to this delicious "word salad" of medical etymology! If William Safire uses this book for his column, he must give Dr. Haubrich proper attribution. He deserves it.

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