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Diana DĂNIŞOR, Octavian ISTRĂTOAIE, The Doppler Echography – From Greek Mythology to Modern Cardiology

Associate Professor, PhD.,University of Craiova, Faculty of Law, Romania;

Associate Professor, PhD., University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova, Faculty of Medicine, Romania;

Published on October 31, 2016

The following pages shall demonstrate how the nature of things is made evident through the science of naming, the structure of designation. Through this extensive analysis, I aim at establishing the connection between Greek mythology and modern cardiology by exploring the origin of the word echography and its modern counterpart the Doppler echography.

echo, echography, Doppler echography, Greek mythology, Cardiology.


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