Q: Latin or pseudo-Latin "ulcocalculus"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Mar 7 19:34:10 UTC 2013

On Mar 7, 2013, at 1:50 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:

> If Dr. Zabdiel Boylston, who in 1710 performed the first operation by
> an American to remove a gallstone, was called an "ulcocalculus", what
> would that mean?  I get as far as "calculus" = "stone", but then it
> becomes guesswork.  "Ulco" from "ulcus" in the sense of "sore" or
> "abscess" -- an insulting appellation, a nonce-word?  How might that
> be expressed in English?  "Sore-stone"?
> Joel
ulcer stone?


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