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Correct and Preferred Usage

Roxanne K. Young

Many words have found their way into medical vocabularies with unusual meanings that are not recognized even by medical dictionaries. Such writings may be characterized as medical jargon or medical slang. When these words appear in medical manuscripts or in medical conversation, they are unintelligible to other scientists, particularly those of foreign countries; they are not translatable and are the mark of the careless and uncultured person.   Morris Fishbein, MD I have laboured to refine our language to gram- matical purity, and to clear it from colloquial barbarisms, licentious idioms, and irregular combinations.  Samuel Johnson (1709 1784) Words and phrases that can

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