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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: LouAnn Schraffenberger, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P(Advocate Health Care)
Description: This is the abridged form of Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary (W.B. Saunders, 2000), first published in 1898. This smaller version of the dictionary contains 2,800 new terms and 500 new drug entries. According to the author, 1,600 outdated or less valuable terms have been deleted from the previous edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a smaller, more portable edition of one of the most current and accurate major medical dictionaries published today. The dictionary contains medical terms, drugs, abbreviations, as well as anatomy and physiology references.
Audience: The audience would be anyone who uses or wants to understand medical terminology. This could be a current health sciences student to a seasoned medical professional as well as any person who uses medical information in their course of business.
Features: In addition to the vocabulary, there are numerous reference tables that include arteries, bones, chemical elements, nerves, veins, muscles, and fetal positions in utero as well as tables of temperature equivalents and tables of weights and measures. Excellent color prints of the human body highlight its structure and function.
Assessment: This is an essential reference for all who use medical terminology. It is lightweight, compact, and easy to carry. It won't take up much space on a desk or bookshelf of the user who will find it a valuable reference on a daily basis. With the ever-expanding language of medicine, the new edition is a worthwhile investment.