Tuesday, September 8, 2009
My Favorite Word In Medicine
A surgeon reminded me of this word yesterday.
"Isn't it almost like poetry?" He said. "Sigh-yallow-lith-eye-a-sis."
It does fall trippingly from the tongue. It means stone formation in the gland that produces spit.
but none of these has the same flow as
You know you're an ex-English major when after being up for almost 36 hours straight, with maybe a half-hour snooze between obstetric calls, the one salient memory you have of your work day is a surgeon admiring the word sialolithiasis with you.