Korean J Med Educ.  2018 Mar;30(1):51-56. 10.3946/kjme.2018.81.

Discrepancies in general surgery medical terminology between South and North Korea

Affiliations
  • 1Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Surgery, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea. crsohk@gmail.com

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to categorize surgery-related medical terminologies used in South and North Korea and to compare and analyze discrepancies observed in the terms.
METHODS
This study collected medical terminology used in the North Korean medical book "Surgery" and compared it to medical terminology found in the medical glossary of South Korea. The order of the subtitle was described according to the Instruction to Authors.
RESULTS
In total, there were 2,168 individual medical terms, of which only 1,004 words (46.3%) were identical to South Korean medical terms. There were 581 similar terms (26.8%), 265 different terms (12.2%), and 318 terms that are nonexistent in South Korea (14.7%).
CONCLUSION
Less than half of the medical terms used in North Korea match those used in South Korea. It is expected that the prolongation of the current division of South and North Korea will only worsen this discrepancy. Further efforts to bridge the gap through academic exchange between South Korea and North Korea are required in preparation for an era of reunification.

Keyword

Republic of Korea; Democratic People’s Republic of Korea; Medical terminology; Discrepancy

MeSH Terms

Democratic People's Republic of Korea*
Korea
Republic of Korea
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