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The compiler of a medical dictionary faces difficult decisions. From how wide a range of disciplines should its entry terms be drawn? As wide as from clinical psychology to medical economics? How far should it go into biochemistry for terms to define? Should it define only words from "standard," formal, written usage, or should it include dialect terms and vulgarisms for diseases, parts of the body, and bodily functions? How much information should it give for each entry term; should it go as far as that gold standard of English-language lexicography, the Oxford English Dictionary, and provide concise histories of
Butterworths Medical Dictionary.. Ann Intern Med. ;89:1020. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-89-6-1020
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;89(6):1020.
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