Dorland's Pocket Medical Dictionary with CD-ROM / Edition 27

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You can take it with you! Since 1898, Dorland's Pocket Medical Dictionary has set the world standard as the most convenient, user-friendly portable reference on medical terminology. It provides the accurate, clear, up-to-date definitions people expect from Dorland' a highly compact, easy-to-use format. Now it's better than ever! Delivers 2,500 new entries - 37,000 in all -encompassing all of the most important new medical terms and definitions, including new drug names.


  • Presents the most complementary and alternative medicine coverage available in any small medical dictionary. Offers an expanded full-color insert illustrating the structure and function of the human body.
  • Includes a CD-ROM with Dorland's Electronic Medical Speller, Version 4.0 at no added cost, allowing you to quickly and easily add 400,000 medical terms to your computer's spell checker.
  • Uses a new two-color design to make reference easier.
  • Features content based on Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, 30th Edition - today's most comprehensive, state-of-the-art medical terminology source.
With all of these enhancements, plus the traditional excellence that users have come to trust, this best-selling resource continues to deliver far greater reference.

"...pocket version has almost 3,000 new entries, 16 pages of full-color anatomical illustrations, and for the first time includes hyphenation."

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: 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.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416001010
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 7/20/2004
  • Series: Dorland's Medical Dictionary Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 27
  • Pages: 992
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 7.08 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Combining Forms in Medical Terminology

Vocabulary 1

Table of Bones, Listed by Regions of the Body 116

Tables of Chemical Elements 284

Human Herpesviruses 394

Human Immunoglobulins 429

The Human Body - Highlights of Structure and Function 452

Positions of the Fetus in Various Presentations 673

Tables of Temperature Equivalents 831

SI Units 883

Multiples and Submultiples of the Metric System 883

Tables of Weights and Measures 924

Measures of Mass 924

Measures of Fluid Capacity 925

Measures of Length 925

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In 1898, when Dorland's Pocket Medical Dictionary was first published, as the American Pocket Medical Dictionary, its mission was to provide a book which, "though handy in size, should be so full and complete as to supply the wants of the practising physician no less than the student of medicine." Its stated goals were "to make the selection of words as complete as possible...the vocabulary strictly up to date. Of necessity, the definitions of terms are brief, but the endeavor has been to make them clear, adequate, and to the point." Just so has the goal remained for 102 years, although admittedly the challenge of being both compact and comprehensive becomes increasingly difficult. As knowledge increases, so too does vocabulary, and the Dictionary now pushes at the limits of what can be termed "pocket-sized," even as attempts are made to add to each new edition as many as possible of the myriad of new terms coined since the last.

To maintain the currency, accuracy, brevity, and clarity which have always characterized the Dictionary, it has been carefully and thoroughly revised and updated for this new edition, drawing extensively on the work done for the 29th edition of Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, now marking its 100th anniversary of continuous publication. Of the over 8100 terms newly added to that dictionary, over 2800 have been selected for addition to the 26th edition of Dorland's Pocket Medical Dictionary. Countless terms have been revised, with concentration on the areas of pharmacology, nuclear medicine, pathology, pulmonary medicine, otolaryngology, endocrinology, hematology, immunology, angiology, and anatomy, usingwhere applicable the most recent official and standard nomenclature guides. Particular attention has been paid to pharmaceutical terms, concentrating on drugs actively marketed in the United States; almost 500 new drugs have been added to the Dictionary and many outdated or rarely used ones deleted. To make room for the many new terms without increasing the size of the book, the vocabulary has been examined ruthlessly, and over 1600 outdated or less valuable terms have been deleted. In particular, the difficult decision was made to remove most veterinary terms not directly associated with human disease, as well as many of the infrequently used Latin and Greek terms for anatomical structures which have common names used almost exclusively.

The result is an edition that upholds over a century of tradition, following the example of its predecessors by being both compact and comprehensive, and by providing a clear, accurate, and concise guide to the spelling, pronunciation, and vocabulary of medicine. We hope it will continue to be as much help to its current readers as previous editions have been to past generations.

Patricia D. Novak, PhD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2005

    Great help for health occupations students

    I am in a Medical Assisting and Billing program and this book has been a wonderful help. I find the CD-Rom to be a great tool to use when writing reports and typing dictations. It is easy to install and add the dictionary to your MS Word program for the spell-check feature. Without it, the spell-check does not recognize any medical terminology. The price is very reasonable even if this is the only feature that you use. The book is also small and handy to carry around for quick reference.

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