nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Friday, April 9, 2010

Medical Quote Of The Day

Sometimes medical jargon is indecipherable and unpronounceable.  I can remember standing in front of the mirror as a student, practicing the pronunciation of such words as "spondylolisthesis."  After a few years of trying to impress people with my arcane terminology, I got tired of having to follow up with an explanation of what  I was talking about.  From that point on, I began to use the common words--don't tell a patient there's a compound fracture; tell them "it's broke and the bone is sticking out."

"I would never use a long word, even, where a short one would answer the purpose.  I know there are professors in this country who "ligate" arteries.  Other surgeons only tie them, and it stops the bleeding just as well."
--Medical Essays, Oliver Wendell Holmes [1809-1894]

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