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From The CriticsReviewer: Mary J. Jarvis, B.A., M.L.S., M (West Texas A & M University)
Description: This is the latest revision of a pocket dictionary originally published in 1898 as the American Pocket Medical Dictionary. The most recent prior edition was published in 2001. This edition draws extensively on the work done for the 30th edition of Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary.
Purpose: The purpose, as stated in the preface, is "to provide brief, clear, accurate, current definitions for the most important and globally relevant words in medicine, while maintaining the compact size." Because of the rapid changes in medicine, new editions are needed on a regular basis. This edition includes a large number of words pertaining to complementary and/or alternative medicine - more than in earlier editions. In providing these terms, definitions of adjectival forms of many words, the most recent anatomical terminology, in addition to general medical terminology, this edition more than achieves its purpose.
Audience: The dictionary is written for students, residents, and practitioners. It can be used easily by any healthcare practitioner. As this edition follows in a long line of well received and well known editions, it continues the authoritativeness of its predecessors.
Features: In addition to pronunciation and brief definitions, the dictionary includes 18 tables, 32 plates illustrating anatomical structures, and a CD-ROM which contains Dorland's Electronic Medical Speller (Version 4.0) listing over 400,000 medical terms.
Assessment: This is another in the fine line of Dorland's medical dictionaries. New editions are regularly needed, and this is a welcome addition. Practitioners in all areas and at all levels should find it extremely helpful.