Sunday, December 7, 2008

All that high-flown medical jargon...

Perhaps you are getting tired of all the jargon and eponyms and overly fancy names thrown around in anatomy/physiology. The medical field amazes me with all its jargon and high-flown language... but then again all those terms do sound cool and make you sound smart when you say them. Maybe that is why doctors and nurses like words like diarthrosis, diaphoresis, dyspnea, dysphonia... imagine life without all these fancy terms. It might sound a little like this Mitchell & Webb Show comedy sketch called "Emergency Medical Treatment"... move over ER, House, and Grey's...

For those of you with an iPhone or iPod touch check out the free application called Medical Eponyms, it has tons of terms named after people such as Broca's area or Nissl bodies or my favorite the Sphincter of Oddi. You can also access the database online at

Another great website for those of you with health interests or taking medications is where you can look up the details about most all medications. Most include details related to clinical phramacology such as mechanism of action (if known) as well as pharmacodynamics (what the drug does to the body) and pharmacokinetics (what the body does to the drug). You can enter brand name (e.g., Viagra) or generic names (e.g., sildenafil citrate).