Anatomy and Art

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just another little rant about educational wording

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So I’m reviewing some Pathophysiology lectures before taking an online test this morning, and I just have to say that there is one slide that bugs me so much!  The lecturer starts with the explanation that the suffix -oma refers to benign tissue growths, mentions one example of when this works, and then gives THREE exceptions!

The lecture then goes on to explain that malignant tissue growth often takes the suffix -carcinoma or -sarcoma.  And at no point is it so much as acknowleged that both -carcinoma and -sarcoma end in -oma!

Now I know that we are talking about individual suffixes across various tumor growths here, and that technically -carcinoma would be the entire suffix, not just -oma, but why on earth would you not start with the specific terms and then move on to say that the benign tissue growths don’t take on the the entirety of these suffixes, but do still end in -oma.

The way this is set up is needlessly confusing!

To be fair, most of these slides are actually handled pretty well.  But man, I see stuff like that and it just bugs me!

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April 5th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

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