Medical Specialties

Can you fill the blanks in the names of these medical specialties?
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Last updated: March 25, 2021
First submittedJuly 14, 2010
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Subject
Specialty
Skin
Dermatology
Children
Pediatrics
Heart
Cardiology
Medical imaging
Radiology
Blood
Hematology
Female reproductive system
Gynecology
Pregnancy / childbirth
Obstetrics
Elderly people
Geriatrics
Cancer
Oncology
Subject
Specialty
Eyes
Ophthalmology
Mental disorders
Psychiatry
Lungs
Pulmonology
Nervous system
Neurology
Muscles and bones
Orthopedics
Feet
Podiatry
Joints
Rheumatology
Disease
Pathology
Teeth
Dentistry
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Level ∞
Jul 10, 2013
Expanded and converted to fill-in-the-blank format.
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Level 81
May 22, 2014
I think there should be more letters in the fill in part. Not "pulm" but "pulmono" or not "rad" but "radio" and so on. Kinda annoying to start to type a word and you type just one or two letters too many and have to delete those to start on the next one. Only missed the feet.
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Level 44
Aug 7, 2014
Agree. It should be the whole root. Dermato-
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Level 68
Feb 26, 2016
I kept typing to many letters and having to delete them before answering the next one
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Level 22
Feb 19, 2017
100% agreed
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Level 67
Dec 20, 2018
yes, it took so many time to look and figure out what you should excatly type in. And confusing sometimes it s more than you think and sometimes it is less. Found it quite annoying
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Level 67
Dec 20, 2018
Atleast keep it consistent please. Like everything before -logy or before -ology, cause it varied a lot as to how much of the word before -ology you had to type.
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Level 84
Jul 21, 2013
Pretty easy but I used to work in a hospital. Took me a minute to remember pulmonology and rheumatology.
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Level 77
Feb 19, 2017
Pretty easy for me, too, but my husband's a nurse. My mother was a nurse. My daughter's a nurse. My daughter-in-law's a nurse. My nephew's girlfriend is a nurse. I worked in a nursing home during college. I went to a year of nursing school before changing majors. And I've used all of these except geriatrics, hematology, and psychiatry. (All true statements.)
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Level 84
Apr 27, 2020
about a dozen members of my extended family worked at that hospital, too, including my sister who was a nurse
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Level 87
Apr 20, 2021
The only nurses in my family are my mom and my cousin.
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Level 84
Oct 18, 2021
And as for which specialists I've used in the past... I don't think I've ever seen a cardiologist (had EKGs before, but pretty sure just saw technicians), hematologist, oncologist (had a biopsy before, but sample taken by a dermatologist), pulmonologist, or orthopedist... and I'm sure I've never seen and probably never will see a gynecologist or obstetrician; something would have gone seriously wrong if that day ever comes. Is there even such a thing as a "pathologist?" I guess so... looked it up... sounds like they are more involved with doing labwork than meeting with patients, though.
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Level 59
Jul 21, 2013
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/phlebology I was trying this for diseases.
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Level 32
Jul 21, 2013
I learnt pneumology for pulmonology *shrug*
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Level 74
Aug 21, 2018
It's respiratory medicine in UK. Nobody calls it pulmonology.
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Level 54
Jul 21, 2013
rheumatology... couldn't spell it.
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Level 43
Jul 22, 2013
Perfect score...Yeah !!!
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Level 50
Jul 22, 2013
Too much given away in the answers.
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Level 61
Aug 7, 2013
Arthrology is the study of joints.

Rhuematology is the study of Rhuematism.

Good Quiz!

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Level 77
Feb 19, 2017
Arthrology is the study that includes orthopedics and rheumatology, among other things. Rheumatology covers joints, muscles, and ligaments, so the clue is correct as is.
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Level 57
Feb 22, 2021
Not really, rheumatology is the study of disease caused by the immune system. It includes joints a lot because of arthritis often having a rheumatological cause, but this isn’t a joint discipline. Orthopaedics is the closest you’ll get to a joint specialist
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Level 84
Oct 18, 2021
Rheumatism is an old-fashioned word for all conditions which can affect or cause inflammation of muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons. There is some overlap between rheumatology and orthopedics, neurology, arthrology, and some other disciplines, though I think you would be hard pressed to find a doctor billing themselves as an "arthrologist" these days - at least in the United States; maybe the term is used more overseas. If you go to your PCP complaining about joint pain they are going to write you a referral to one of the first three things. Google Chrone doesn't even want to accept "arthrology" as a word - it's asking me if I want to change it to "anthology."

Anyway, both Ander and the quiz are right.

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Level 83
Aug 20, 2013
The nail fungus advertisement that accompanied this quiz made it hard to concentrate.
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Level 69
Mar 14, 2014
Damn English spellings! I didn't know there was a second L in ophthalmology. And can't believe I missed pathology! I tried bacteriology and even epidemiology but forgot the obvious.
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Level 52
Jun 25, 2014
I didn't realise you Americans didn't spell ophthalmology without the second l. Missing vowels off diphthongs I can just about cope with but why miss out a consonant?
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Level 45
Dec 4, 2015
I tried "Germology" lol. @nanook, Americans who know how to spell ophthalmology do spell it with the second 'L'.
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Level 36
Oct 20, 2014
epidemiology: the branch of medicine that deals with the incidence, distribution, and possible control of diseases and other factors relating to health.
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Level 71
Dec 1, 2015
Yeah, I really think epidemiology should be a valid option.
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Level 61
Feb 3, 2016
I tried this as well.
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Level 67
Apr 20, 2021
Same. Came here to make this comment.
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Level 79
Apr 20, 2021
Absolutely. Epidemiology should be an option for that answer.
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Level 74
Apr 20, 2021
Agreed, please accept epidemiology for pathology. It's just as correct, if not more so. Cheers.
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Level 60
Apr 22, 2021
epidemiology is not a medical specialty, so pathology is the only correct answer here. Epidemiologists do not (typically) hold medical degrees, whereas pathologists always hold an MD or DO (in the US at least).
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Level 86
Oct 24, 2014
I was really hoping to see gastroenterology on here! Oh, well....good quiz!
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Level 40
Feb 6, 2015
16/18 the two ones that i didnt find were the only ones that are different from the respective greek word.
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Level 45
Jul 4, 2015
pretty easy
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Level 34
Jul 25, 2015
100% with 2:49 left. Great quiz.
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Level 20
Jul 26, 2016
first 100% aha
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Level 86
Aug 31, 2016
Rheumatology = autoimmune illnesses
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Level 78
Sep 24, 2016
Rheumatology includes joints, but also includes muscles and tissues involved in rheumatism. Better = Joints and Muscles. Joints themselves are orthopedic. Joints and surrounding muscles are rheumatology. It's a difference of skeletal and musculoskeletal.
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Level 77
Feb 19, 2017
Joints themselves are also included under rheumatology for nonsurgical treatments, such as for arthritis or gout. Orthopedics deals with surgical treatments - replacing hips and knees, setting broken bones, etc.
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Level 44
Mar 26, 2017
What? No love for urology? (pertaining to the urinary tract, including the bladder and the kidneys)
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Level 48
May 30, 2017
Pathology is more like the diagnosis of disease. A pathologist does a lot of lab work. As someone who is considering specializing in pathology, "disease" in and of itself did not scream pathologist.
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Level 78
Oct 25, 2019
I tried epidemiology first, but when it didn't work I put path. I guess epidem would be the study of disease affecting populations, but it is still the study of disease. I suppose it is not a medical specialty though, more of a public health specialty.
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Level 77
Apr 27, 2020
I tried virology, epidemiology, and immunology, but couldn't come up with it.
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Level 23
Nov 4, 2017
"Disease?" Really? Makes me wonder what specialism does NOT concern disease...
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Level 84
Jul 3, 2019
rhinoplasty?
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Level 58
Apr 21, 2021
Well Gynecology for instance but yes I see your point
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Level 44
Jan 22, 2018
Otolaryngology.
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Level 44
Jan 22, 2018
Guaranteed a lot of people won’t have any idea.
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Level 67
Dec 20, 2018
well the -laryng- gives a big clue. And looked it up it is often (I dont know it is the more official one, but it came first and gave your spelling as an alternative option) spelled as Otorhinolaryngology, and in that spelling, rhino is easily recognosable aswell. So you see throat and nose. (oto apparently stands for ear, but personally I wouldnt have know the latin word for ear. weirdly, one of the few common bodyparts I would not have readily known the name for)
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Level 68
Apr 27, 2020
The Latin word for ear "auris" would not have helped you here. No, Greek (ous, otos) is what you needed. But personally I first came across this via French..."otite" gives you otitis (well not literally).
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Level 67
Dec 20, 2018
- tetris. what?!?! never heard of that one haha. and for lungs I tried pneumo and pleuro
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Level 76
Jul 3, 2019
Obstetrics*
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Level 76
Jul 3, 2019
Never heard of 'Geriatrics' before.
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Level 69
Aug 6, 2019
As they are synonyms would you please also accept pneumology?
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Level 79
Oct 25, 2019
Doesn’t include my specialty though - anaesthesia!
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Level 66
Apr 20, 2021
Would "epidemiology" also work for "pathology?" I feel like epidemiology has been grilled into our collective brains with Covid-19.
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Level 60
Apr 22, 2021
Epi is not a medical specialty, where pathology is.
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Level 75
Apr 21, 2021
Arthrology is really the better option for the "study of joints". Rheumatology studies rheumatic diseases, many of which are not directly related to joints.
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Level 84
Oct 18, 2021
Arthrology I think is an obsolete term if it was ever even used. Go to any website where you can search for doctors by specialty and I don't think this will be one of the options. Rheumatology probably will be, however.
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Level 65
Oct 19, 2021
I don't know about arthrology, but rheumatology is definitely not the right term for the study of joint diseases. Many rheumatic diseases affect the joints, but they often also affect other tissues. What they have in common is that they are are inflammatory or autoimmune diseases. For example, on the one hand, there is rheumatic arthritis, which is a rheumatic disease of the joints. On the other hand, there is osteoarthritis, which is normally not rheumatic but caused by wear and tear.