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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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Medical Quote Of The Day

Wilder Penfield was a groundbreaking Canadian neurosurgeon who pioneered using neural stimulation to isolate parts of brain that cause seizures, leading to surgical treatment of epileptic disorders.  In the process he explored the function of the cerebral cortex, showing that specific areas were responsible for specific movements or sensations.

"The trouble is not in science but in the uses men make of it.  Doctor and layman alike must learn wisdom in their employment of science, whether this applies to atom bombs or blood transfusion."

--The Second Career, "A Doctor's Philosophy", Wilder Penfield [1891 - 1976]


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