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The recent brouhaha over Webster's Third New International Dictionary—a tussle between the describers and the proscribers—was based, like many a war and a fist fight, on a flawed assumption by both camps, that dictionaries are chiefly consulted as guides to the "accurate" and "proper" use of common words. Although we do occasionally resort to dictionaries as support for our views in some pedantic dispute in which form outweighs substance, we most often consult them for definitions of only infrequently-met words or to refresh our memories on spellings. All current medical dictionaries serve us very well for these needs almost every
Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary.Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary.. Ann Intern Med. 1965;63:736–737. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-63-4-736_2
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