On the Expression of Relations in Medicine: Linguistic Aspects

  • B. J. Kostrewski
  • J. Anderson
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Medical Informatics book series (LNMED, volume 1)


The medical vocabulary has to encapsulate concepts for a variety of levels and applications and the advent of computer processing has highlighted linguistic communication problems, firstly at the level of individual communication and recording of disease and secondly across the artificial boundaries of related disciplines (Anderson, 1968). The increased understanding of basic biological processes, applied in conjunction with developments from other sciences has contributed to the complexity of information and hence language at all levels of application. This, coupled with the extended limits of medicine to embrace the Hippocratic concept of the ‘total man’, has resulted in a vast terminology relevant to the practice of medicine. Language based data in medicine has its main applications in patient care, medical education, training and research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. J. Kostrewski
    • 1
  • J. Anderson
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Information ScienceThe City UniversityLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of MedicineKings College HospitalLondonUK

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