Chapter 21
Medical and Scientific Latin
In This Chapter
◆ Roots of medical terms
◆ Reading prescriptions
◆ Flora and fauna
◆ The medical and scientific world of the Romans
Doctors use Latin for many reasons. For one, they can stand at the foot of your hospital bed and pretend to be discussing the upcoming surgery, all the while saying things like, “Wow! She’s really having a bad hair day.”
Doctors like to use Latin because their patients won’t question their authority. If your doctor said, “You have a stuffy nose,” you yourself might suggest a couple aspirin. But if he diagnoses your condition as chronic sinusitis, you would probably nod your head miserably and get the prescription.
Seriously, one reason Latin is used in the sciences is that it ...

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