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Volume 19, Number 4, 2014

Radiation oncology in Latin speaking countries: A link between Europe and Latin America

J.L. Lopez Guerra, E. Rivin, F. Guedea, M.J. Ortiz


The network of international collaboration in science traditionally has been dominated by English speaking countries, but this network is rapidly expanding at the global level. Between 40 and 50 countries appear in the center of the international network in 2011, and almost all nations are nowadays involved in international collaboration.1

The origin of Romance languages is Vulgar Latin spoken by the commoners of the Roman Empire. After its fall and fragmentation in the fifth century, the different languages evolved. Beginning in the 15th century, they expanded to other continents due to the Portuguese, Spanish, and French empires.

Therefore, Latin-speaking Europe is considered as the area of Europe where Romance languages are either official, co-official, or significantly used. It is a major linguistic subdivision of Europe alongside Germanic- and Slavic-speaking subdivisions. The Latin European countries are mainly France, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. It also includes some regions from other countries, such as Wallonia in Belgium and the French- and Italian-speaking cantons of Switzerland as well as communities from other non-Romance European countries. Some Eastern Romance languages like Aromanian, Megleno-Romanian and Istro-Romanian are spread across the entire Balkans in small communities within Slavic-speaking countries, Greece and the European part of Turkey. The total population of all the Romance speaking areas in Europe is approximately 190,000,000.

Signature: Rep Pract Oncol Radiother, 2014; 19(4) : 227-229

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