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The compilers of a medical dictionary face many hard decisions. How much biochemistry is relevant to the needs of most users of a medical dictionary? How many users are looking for etymologic notes that indicate when a term was coined, and when its meaning shifted? Should definitions of terms with use in clinical slang, as well as informal medical English, be merely descriptive or proscriptive? The more detail a dictionary carries, the greater the investment in the scholarship that goes into it, the greater its cost, and the higher its price. Dorland's strikes a fair balance between high scholarship and
Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary.A Dictionary of Virology.. Ann Intern Med. 1981;95:788. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-6-788_1
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