The Hippocrates Code: Unraveling the Ancient Mysteries of Modern Medical Terminology

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Hackett Publishing, Feb 11, 2016 - Medical - 400 pages

In this book lies a key for decoding modern medical terminology, a living language that, despite some quirks, is best approached as an ordered system. Rather than presenting a mere list of word elements to be absorbed through rote memorization, The Hippocrates Code offers a thorough, linguistically-centered explanation of the rules of the terminological game, both for the language of medicine and for scientific vocabulary in general. Its careful exposition of Latin and Greek linguistic principles—along with a healthy dose of innovative exercises—empowers students to successfully employ the word elements that are the building blocks of modern medical terminology. Along the way, fascinating discussions of the practice of medicine in the ancient world provide an integral aid to the understanding of medical vocabulary. Code-breakers drawn to language, history, and medicine will be as stimulated as they are enlightened.

The Hippocrates Code features:

  • Twenty-eight chapters covering the principles behind the formation of medical vocabulary derived from Latin and Greek, complete with a rich harvest of the most useful prefixes, suffixes, and bases
  • Detailed anatomical diagrams paired with an etymological tour of the human body
  • Selected readings from ancient medical writers, with commentaries that compare and contrast medical practices in antiquity with those of the present day
  • An abundant array of diverse and often ingenious exercises that require critical thinking about the application of word elements. For additional vocabulary practice, exercises, pronunciation aids, and much more

The Hippocrates Code companion website: www.hippocratescode.com

 

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Contents

Latin Prefixes 1
1
Latin Prefixes 2
13
Latin Numerical Prefixes
25
Review I
36
Latin Suffixes 1
40
Latin Suffixes 2
51
Latin Suffixes 3
62
Review II
72
Review V
231
Greek Suffixes 1
235
Greek Suffixes 2
245
Greek Suffixes 3
255
Review VI
266
Greek Compound Suffixes 1
270
Greek Compound Suffixes 2
280
Greek Compound Suffixes 3
290

Latin Suffixes 4
76
Latin Suffixes 5
86
Latin Suffixes 6
98
Other Latin Prefixes and Suffixes
110
Review III
122
Latin Nouns 1
126
Latin Nouns 2
142
Latin Adjectives 1
154
Latin Adjectives 2
169
Review IV
183
The Greek Alphabet
187
Greek Prefixes 1
198
Greek Prefixes 2
209
Greek Numerical and Other Prefixes
220
Review VII
301
Bilingual Words
305
Special Derivations
316
Mythological Eponyms
328
Historical Eponyms
338
Review VIII
350
Map
355
Chronological Table
356
Glossary of Proper Names
358
Index of Word Elements
362
Know Yourself Topics
367
Coins and Other Images
368
Back Cover
371
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About the author (2016)

JC McKeown is Professor of Classics, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Joshua M. Smith is Assistant Professor of Classics, Johns Hopkins University.

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