|About the Book|
Medical practitioners of the 16th century had their own body of special terms, just like the doctors of this century. Roderick McConchie examines medical terminology used in a selection of 13 medical works published between 1530 and 1612, and compares it with treatment of these words in the Oxford English Dictionary and other dictionaries of today, showing how well - or ill - the specialist terminology of 16th-century medical practitioners has been recorded. He compiles a corpus of new data from a selection of medical texts ranging from scholarly tomes to homely handbooks. The study of this corpus reveals errors, omissions, and biases which raise questions for lexicographical tools in general. Are existing dictionaries adequate in their investigation of renaissance English? Has current understanding been more biased and more deficient than we thought? If so, how are we to redress the problem?