Friday, January 28th, 2011

In the 13th century, Anglo-Normans appropriated the French physique, or remedy, to coin the English physic, or medicine, which is still in dictionaries today. Science historian Howard Markel discusses how physic became physician, and the parallel evolution of the word physics.

Upon discovering a sick person, most people are compelled to call for a doctor. But the word “doctor” is actually a Latin word (and later a French one) meaning anyone who is a teacher—including those who mastered law, theology, philosophy, as well as medicine….

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