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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Elizabeth Connor, MLS, DM/AHIP(The Citadel)
Description: This is the 32nd edition of the leading source of medical definitions for physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, and librarians. The previous edition was published in 2007.
Purpose: This dictionary is designed to be used in various medical settings including hospitals, clinics, offices and libraries.
Audience: Intended for health practitioners and students, this work has long been a favorite of medical librarians as the terms used are congruent with medical subject headings (MeSH) developed by the National Library of Medicine. This dictionary also would be useful for lawyers and journalists, but is better suited for individuals with medical knowledge.
Features: This edition features 124,000 entries in a large single volume that is handy and well-formatted. About a third of its 1,500 illustrations are new to this edition, and most are in full color. A typical entry shows the term in bolded red font followed by pronunciation, etymology, brief definitions, and cross references. The work includes a CD-ROM with supplementary information (various anatomical and surgical equipment terms and audio files for the pronunciation of 35,000 words) and a PIN for access to a website that includes both the dictionary and the CD-ROM content.
Assessment: Even though the market abounds with medical dictionaries (Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, 21st edition (F. A. Davis, 2009), Stedman's Medical Dictionary, 28th edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006), Black's Medical Dictionary, 42nd edition, Marcovitch (A & C Black, 2010), and Mosby's Medical Dictionary, 8th edition (Elsevier, 2009)), Dorland's remains the clear choice for health professionals and medical libraries seeking an updated, comprehensive dictionary for everyday use. Taber's is sometimes sought because of its compact size and thumb-index tabs; its 60,000 entries are featured on more than 2,800 pages. Stedman's is a well-known competitor with more than 100,000 entries in 2,100 pages. Black's has about 5,000 definitions in 765 pages and is geared toward British audiences. Mosby's features 51,000 definitions on more than 2,200 pages, appealing to broader audiences, including consumers.