The Medical profession likes to categorise everything. I suppose they have to. When you first walk into a doctor’s surgery, they have no idea, and the game begins.
Do you remember the game, ‘Guess Who?’ where you had to guess the person’s identity by eliminating the things that were not relevant to the person you were looking for? For this game, you had 24 possible variables.
Well, the medical profession plays a similar game called, ‘Guess What?’ There is a difference in that there are very many thousands of possibilities to start with. So, the doctor will ask and test for this and that, and hopefully, get to a single cause and administer an effective cure. If there is more than one possibility, and that is most likely the case, they could try this, or that, and see if it works. You may come back next week, but for now, your ten minutes are up, and at least you’ve got something! Another marker on the ‘Guess What?’ game can be eliminated, and we can try something else. This can go on and on for a long time. Hopefully, you won’t come back, and the doctor can tick off another successful game of ‘Guess What?’
However, the doctor may arrive at a situation where there are many possibilities remaining, so they will move on to the next level and the next game. Dementia is one such case. Remember this from above: a syndrome is a group of signs and symptoms that occur together and characterise a particular abnormality or condition. Well, say you have these signs and symptoms, memory problems, your thinking a bit hit and miss, you behave differently, and your ability to perform everyday activities isn’t as good as it once was. The game pops up with, Dementia?
Off you go to the next level, to play the next game of, Guess What?’ But this time, you are playing with the ‘Ology Master!’ It could be the land of Neurology, Cardiology, Audiology.. this ology, or that ology, but now you play with someone who only plays their game! Everything else is forgotten, only the realms of the Ology are essential, and no domains cross!
The Ology Master has a goal in mind. They must identify with certainty your condition, provide a definitive diagnosis, or place you in the pit of eternal misery. Their game board only has possibilities and questions related to their ology. Do you remember the list for getting a lovely stay at the Hotel Mad House? Well, I suppose they must have a similar list. Hopefully, it will be a bit more informed and unbiased, but a checklist they must have.
Depending on how you get on with challenges and tests set by the Ology Master will determine your outcome to join a particular league of the Demented! The ticks are counted and grouped, and you are then assessed. You may get into the common lot, called Alzheimer’s, or the Vascular, the Frontotemporal, Lewy Bodies, and the list is long and growing all the time! You will most likely end up in the pit of doom, the Demented. These are the ‘Jacks of all Dementia, and the Attached to none!’
It’s all up to the Ology Masters, so beware!
So what does ology mean? Well, it’s all greek, and it comes from their word meaning, ‘The Study of.’ So, if you research something in-depth you too can become an ‘Ology Master!’ It’s quite a close shop and you have to pass the trials of the Ology’s Challenges!
So you’re thinking, what about the bit in front of Ology? Well, the Ologist’s attempt to promote and further the long help tradition of keeping their particular knowledge and subject clouded in mystic!
However, the front part is often a simple word, changed to make it unrecognisable and gives it a bit of added mystic. Greek and Latin are popular sources of entanglement!
Let’s look at the word… Cardio
(before vowels cardi-) word-forming element meaning “pertaining to the heart,” from Latinized form of Greek word kardia “heart. So, cardio means heart! Why don’t they just say that!?
Cardiology… the study of the heart!
Someone that studies the heart is a cardiologist.
Below I’ve added a game called ‘A Load of Ologies!’
A list of Ologies and all you have to do is name what it is the study of?
I’ve added the answers at the bottom, but no cheating!
Now according to multiology.com there are at least 1,869 different ologies. The game of ‘A Load of Ologies,’ could last as long as BBC’s Pointless and go on and on and on… then repeated too!
“What is she studying?” “Oh, some ology or other. Pharmacology, I think.”
He’d only passed in one subject, but it was an ‘ology’.
What is termed as Dementia is apparently the biggest killer in the World today and set to get a whole lot worse with the increasing population, so there must be an ology for that!?
Apparently not! It comes under Neurology and psychology.
Neurology: the study of our nervous system.
Psychology: the study of the mind
Well let’s have a look at why there isn’t a Dementia Ology.
I’ve told you this before:
“extremely low condition of mental function, mental incapacity,” 1806, from Latin dementia “madness, insanity,” literally “a being out of one’s mind,” from dement, stem of demens “mad, raving”
Great, we have the first bit already given; Demen. De, meaning, from or away from and Men, meaning mind.
All we have to do is now stick ology after demen and we get:
Are you thinking what I’m thinking? This doesn’t really help! It sounds a lot like… Demonology and this is the study of demons, something very much related in the history of those classified as the demented!
So next time you are at the clinic, ask them, are you a neurologist, a psychologist or a demenologist!? It would be interesting to hear the results?
Have a go at the game…
A Load of Ologies!
The answers bellow…
apiology — bees
archaeology — past culture of humans
astrology — stars (for making predictions)
bacteriology — bacteria
biology — life
cartology — maps and map-making
cetology — whales
climatolgy — climate
conchology — shells
cosmetology — cosmetics cosmology — universe
criminology — crime and criminals cryptology — codes
ecology — interactions in environments
entomology — insects
embryology — embryos
eschatology — death, judgement,afterlife
ethnobiology — life pertaining to certain people
ethnology — cultural heritage
ethology — animal behavior
etiology — causes and reasons
etymology — a word
geology — earth
graphology — handwriting
herpetology — reptiles
hippology — horses
hydrology — water
ichthyology — fish
ideology — ideas
mammalogy — mammals
meteorology — climate and weather
microbiology — microscopic life
morphology — structure of organisms
musicology — music
mycology — fungi
myrmecology — ants
nephology — clouds
neurology — brain
ornithology — birds
ophiology — snakes
ophthalmology — eyes
otology — ears
paleoanthropology — ancient human-like creatures
paleobiology — ancient life
paleontology — ancient life, studied through fossils
paleozoology — ancient animals
pathology — disease
pedology — children
petrology — rocks
phantomology — supernatural beings
pharmacology — drugs
pharyngology — pharynx (part of throat)
phenology — periodic biological phenomena
phenomenology — phenomenons
philology — historical language
phonology — speech sounds
phraseology — use of words and phrases
physical anthropology — human characteristics
physiology — characteristics of organisms
phytology — plants (usually called botany)
phytosociology — relationships and characteristics of
pomology — fruit
psychology — mind and behavior
pyrology — fire
seismology — earthquakes
sociology — society
somatology — human characteristics
speleology — caves
storiology — stories and legends
topology — characteristics and history of a place
tropical biology — tropical life
vulcanology — volcanoes
zoology — animals
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