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From The CriticsReviewer:LouAnn Schraffenberger, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P(Univ of Illinois at Chicago School of Biomed & Health Info Mgmt)
Description:With this edition of a classic medical dictionary, Stedman's continues a long tradition of providing a current, comprehensive, and accurate medical lexicon. First published in 1911 as a modernized version of the first American medical dictionary published in 1833, this is one of the most authoritative medical references available in print.
Purpose:The purpose is to serve as a guide in the use of medical terminology. The publisher refers to it as "a record of a living language." The book describes how medical words are formed, spelled, pronounced, and defined as they are actually used. An electronic format is also available.
Audience:The audience includes anyone who uses or is interested in medial terminology. The book is likely to be used by medical and allied health students and seasoned medical professionals, as well as anyone who uses medical terminology in a healthcare, business, or legal environment. The author and publisher are recognized as foremost authorities in medical language. The book is reviewed by professionals in 52 medical specialties to remain current.
Features:New features in this edition are new specialty reviewers, Terminologia Anatomica added for gross anatomy and neuroanatomy, a Genus finder for all binomial names cross-referenced by the species name, three large anatomy tables and an expanded art program of over 1,000 color illustrations. There are 64 pages of full-color anatomy and diagnostic medicine images and a 32-page anatomicalatlas.
Assessment:Every library needs this dictionary in its reference section. Stedman's, which has become a synonym for medical dictionary, is also a necessity in any office or department that uses medical terminology on a regular basis. There is an excellent introduction and even seasoned users would benefit from reading "How to Use This Dictionary." The illustrations are exceptional. The appendixes contain many useful references including abbreviations, symbols, comparative temperature scales, weights and measures, laboratory test reference range values, and charts that describe the origin, course, and actions of all arteries, muscles, and nerves. This edition continues the tradition of Stedman's as a first class medical dictionary.