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Medical Etymology


This course explains the Greek and Latin roots of the language of medical science, and encourages mastery of these elements as essential to understanding medical language.  In addition to etymological study, the course will investigate word origins in their cultural and mythological contexts.  Students will learn to become morphological surgeons, dissecting the layered and sometimes cumbersome language of the body and its treatments.

Counts as an elective in the Classics major.
Counts as an elective in the Health & Human Values interdisciplinary minor.