"This book fills a gap in the knowledge of every doctor, but it is more than a dictionary. Each derivation and origin is described in a way that combines superb English with a style and attraction that enthralls the reader. In reading the work, I started at the beginning and thought that I should skip one or two entries. Not a bit of it. I read every word, and I think it ought to be compulsory reading for every medical student. This is not a chore, because when you read the first few entries you will clamor for more and will persist in your thirst for knowledge - and enjoy yourself immensely, as I did." -Lord Smith of Marlow, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, 1973-1977
This dictionary is, in the very best sense, "a good read." It explains the meanings and derivations of the medical terms, abbreviations, mnemonics, and slang used by doctors, nurses, and health-care professionals publicly and privately. It defines, for instance, the abbreviations doctors use in writing prescriptions and explains the Latin and Greek derivations of medical terms. The author writes clearly and often humorously, not hesitating to voice his personal opinions. He guides his readers through the world of medical language like a good friend-clarifying, cautioning, and teaching with wit and laughter. About the Author: Fritz Spiegl has written many books, including Dead Funny, The Joy of Words, and The Guinness Book of Musical Blunders (in prep.), and is a popular BBC radio commentator, especially revered for his mastery of the English language.