October 30, 2011
Apparently, the average med student learns about 13,000 new words in the first year alone. Not sure how many in the second but it definitely keeps increasing. The words get longer and more complex with their connotations, too. Try saying 'Membranoproliferative Glomerulonephritis' 10 times. And not content to leave it alone, pathologists had to identify two different forms so that there is a Type I and a Type II. And then you have to know the inferred clinical signs because in addition to being nephritic, is also also nephrotic. I think I'm beginning to forget simple words like 'cat' and 'dog' to be able to remember this gobbledygook.