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From The CriticsReviewer: Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: This is a pocket-sized version of its larger cousin, Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary. There are a number of updates, including 230 carefully chosen illustrations compared to the 27th edition of 2004.
Purpose: The goal of the dictionary is to be an authoritative guide providing brief, clear, accurate, current definitions for the most important and globally relevant words in medicine. Given the ever evolving field of healthcare, the contributors have met their objectives.
Audience: Although not specifically stated, the dictionary is a resource that can be used by students or seasoned practitioners — particularly in the clinic. It is small enough to fit comfortably into a lab coat pocket.
Features: This edition now boasts over 230 color illustrations, red head and guide words to improve medical term visibility, 32 pages of full-color anatomical inserts, revision of the combining forms in medical terminology section, and elimination of most possessive forms of eponymic terms. It should be noted special attention was given to the fields of dermatology, microbiology, gastroenterology, infectious diseases, obstetrics and gynecology, and genetics. Thumb tabs splitting up the alphabet are handy to help quickly find a specific medical term. Included with the book is a mini CD-ROM of Dorland's Electronic Medical Speller 4.0.
Assessment: This is an impressive update over previous editions. Healthcare students and practitioners in all disciplines will find this an invaluable, portable reference and students will find the Medical Speller indispensable when writing reports.