Classics 205: Greek and Latin Origins of Medical Terms

JC McKeown
Humanities, Elementary
3 credits

Have you ever found yourself wondering why a migraine is called a migraine? Or would you like to impress your friends with a formal analysis of such words as “ventrocystorrhaphy” and “laparotomaphilia”? This course takes you step-by-step through the elements of Latin and Greek most commonly used in modern medicine. No prior knowledge of either language is expected or needed—only a desire to learn the nuts and bolts of the complex, fascinating machine that is modern scientific terminology. Challenge yourself to think afresh about the medical art in our modern world, and the language used to describe it.