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Iatro Words: “aniatros” to “iatrogenesis”,
Part 1 of 2.

Words that include: iatro-, iater-, -iatria, -iatric, -iatrician, -iatrics, -iatry (Greek: physician; heal, cure, treat; medical healing).

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Treatment of amblyopia.
A medical quack (one who pretends to have medical expertise; a charlatan).
andriatry, andriatrics:
Medical science relating to the treatment of diseases of male genital organs and of men in general.
A physician who specializes in contraception.
That branch of medicine concerned with the management (prevention or control) of obesity and allied diseases.
A branch of medicine that specializes in the treatment of dogs.
A doctor who treats the health problems of travelers.
emporiatrics, emporiatric:
That branch of medicine which treats of the health problems of travelers about the world.
The branch of medicine concerned with the medical problems and care of the aged.
geriatrician, geriatrist:
A physician who specializes in the diseases of old age.
The branch of medicine concerned with the medical problems and care of the aged.
gyniatrics, gyniatry:
Treatment of the diseases of women.
Adolescent medicine; specializing in the medical treatment of adolescents.
Relating to the treatment of diseases of horses.
The medical treatment of horses.
Relating to the obsolete use of water to treat or cure disease.
iatraliptic, iatraliptics:
An obsolete term denoting treatment by inunction (administration of a drug in ointment form by rubbing to cause absorption of the active ingredient).
Medical negligence.
The order of physicians.
A lack of faith in doctors or in medicine.
1. Pertaining to medicine or to a physician or healer.
2. Anything relating to a physician or medicine in general.
Denoting a school of medicine practicing iatrochemistry.
A member of the iatrochemical school.
iatrochemistry, chemiatry:
1. A school of medicine active from 1525 to 1660; it theorized that life, health, and disease were the result of chemical balances, and that disease was to be treated chemically. Its most famous members were Paracelsus, J.B. van Helmont, and de la Boë Sylvius.
2. The study of chemistry in relation to physiologic and pathologic processes, and the treatment of disease by chemical substance as practiced by a school of medical thought in the 17th century.
1. Refers to any illness, injury, or fatality that is the direct result of medical intervention (doctor induced), ranging from inappropriate treatment to harmful drug interaction, misinterpretation of a lab test, or a fatal reaction to an injection of penicillin or other medication. Adverse side effects and dangerous interactions between drugs are probably the most common types of iatrogenic illnesses.
2. Any adverse mental or physical condition induced in a patient through the effects of treatment by a physician or surgeon. For example, chemotherapy, often used to attenuate or cure a cancer, initiates a process that causes the individual to become severely ill. In an elderly person, a fall can lead to the use of restraints and bedrest, which can cause thrombophlebitis [inflammation of a vein in conjunction with the formation of a thrombus (a blood clot that obstructs a blood vessel)]. The use of a Foley catheter for incontinence can create a urinary tract infection and septic shock.
One physician cures you of the colic; two physicians cure you of the medicine.
Physicians of all men are most happy; what success soever they have, the world proclaimeth; and what fault they commit, the earth covereth.
—Francis Quarles (1592-1644), English poet

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