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Doctors Latin

Keith M. Souter



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Robert Hale
01 July 2006
History; Popular medicine & health; Latin
There is a perception that doctors speak among themselves in an arcane language, bounce classic Latin and Greek diagnoses at their patients and write prescriptions in an indecipherable Latin scrawl to ensure that no one except a trained pharmacist can read them. The fact is that Latin and Greek are the traditional languages of medicine. Latin is used to describe the anatomy of the body, while many of our diagnostic labels and pathological terms are derived from Greek. In addition, because Latin is a dead and unchanging language, it allows us to follow a timeline back to the beginnings of medicine. We can hear the views of the early Roman doctors, just as they uttered them. But apart from giving you an insight into the language of doctors, this medical miscellany contains many interesting facts and snippets of information. It will tell you why testicles were so vitally important to the Romans; what causes rigor mortis after death; what happened to the skin of William Burke, the infamous body-snatcher; and what became of the famed Roman orator, Marcus Tullius Cicero.
By:   Keith M. Souter
Imprint:   Robert Hale
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 186mm,  Width: 123mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   340g
ISBN:   9780709079507
ISBN 10:   0709079508
Series:   Miscellany of Latin and Greek Phrases
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   01 July 2006
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dr Keith Souter is a part-time general practitioner, newspaper columnist and medical author, with books translated into six languages. He is married with three children, and in his spare time he writes novels under a couple of pen-names.

Reviews for Doctors Latin

... an impressive piece of work that fills a huge gap. For years to come it will be a resource for historians and a stimulus to debate and further research. Journal of Ecclesiastical History This book provides a richly textured and thickly peopled survey of the history of the Christian Churches in Australasia, with many original insights. Journal of Ecclesiastical History ... with few exceptions the published work on the religious history of the region is not widely known in Britain and North America. This book, in a prestigious series on the history of the Christian Church, is therefore important. It is the first substantial synthesis of the modern religious history of the whole region and also a reference work which international scholars will consult for information on the distinctive shape and influence of the Christian Churches in Australasia. Journal of Ecclesiastical History Illuminating ... author and publisher are to be commended on the inclusion of a superbly comprehensive and clear series of maps ... splendid book ... this is a worthy addition to the Oxford History of the Christian Church, and one that will stand the test of time. Journal of Theological Studies This is a scholarly work of immense scope that explores the distinctive features of Christianity in this part of the world. The Age An impressively wide-ranging work, denominationally as well as geographically ... It is an account of a multifaceted denominational development from missions to Churches, and of the struggle by those Churches to make a positive contribution to social transformation. That is its unique value. Church Times

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