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    of vs. from

    What's the difference between 'to cure of' and 'to cure from'?

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    Re: of vs. from

    In the sense of "to heal" (an illness, a condition, etc.), none, really. "Cure of" strikes me as the slightly older idiom. Do you have any specific context?


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    Re: of vs. from

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    In the sense of "to heal" (an illness, a condition, etc.), none, really. "Cure of" strikes me as the slightly older idiom. Do you have any specific context?
    One of my students asked me. I discussed it with my fellow collegues, none of them could suggest anything sensible. Which would you use in
    'The doctor was able to cure the patient ... a skin desease'

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    Re: of vs. from

    Thinking of it, the patient is formally cured "of" any physical disease.

    He was cured of... cancer, pneumonia, the plague, syphilis, hepatitis,...

    But on the other hand, examples of "cured from" for all these diseases are easy to find.

    Complex conditions, behavioural problems, hysteria, juvenile delinquency, and so on, can also be cured "of" or "from". (These are awful sentences! The patient is cured "of"/"from" something; the disease or condition is cured, period.)

    I go back to saying that "of" is more traditional, formally medical, literary; whereas "from" is more modern, conversational, etc.

    There may also be a distinction between American and British usage, but, especially in medical terminology, Canadians quite often accept both.

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