from the New Oxford American Dictionary


  • adjective  – accompanying but not a major part of something : for the fieldworker who deals with real problems, paperwork is incidental
  •  predicate  –  ( incidental to)  liable to happen as a consequence of (an activity) : the ordinary risks incidental to a fireman’s job
  • ORIGIN early 17th cent.: originally from medieval Latin incidentalis, from Latin incident- ‘falling upon, happening to’ (from the verb incidere).

For his groundbreaking 1948 LIFE magazine photo essay, “Country Doctor” photographer W. Eugene Smith spent 23 days in Kremmling, Colorado, chronicling the day-to-day challenges faced by an indefatigable general practitioner named Dr. Ernest Ceriani.

Blog by Sal Imperiale, MD


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