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The Words of Medicine: Sources, Meanings, and Delights

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 06 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:813
  1. Jeff Aronson, clinical reader in clinical pharmacology
  1. Oxford

    Robert Fortuine

    Charles C Thomas, $59.95, pp 424

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    ISBN 0 398 07133 0

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    Why do we call a stamp collector a philatelist? Most collectors are called by the name of the thing they collect plus a suffix. Some are -ists (ex-librists, incunabulists) and some are -ologists (deltiologists, tegestologists); some are -philes (discophiles, notaphiles), -aries (antiquaries, mirabiliaries), -ians (aurelians, Elzevirians), -ers (mossers, pasquinaders), or -os (curiosos, bottle-os); some are just plain -men, like eggmen—perhaps women are not so quirky. When the pursuit becomes fanatical the collector becomes a …

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