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Because medical dictionaries, like all practical dictionaries, must hold to convenient size and weight, they necessarily are not "unabridged," meaning they cannot include all terms, names, and abbreviations with any pertinence to contemporary medicine. Therefore, the physician, or medical secretary, or medical editor, in selecting a dictionary, must accept the fact that he cannot get one that could serve all needs. His selection from among the few current choices will have to be based on relative advantages one has over another.
The critic does not have to look long in either of the two major American medical dictionaries—Dorland's (Saunders) or
Stedman's Medical Dictionary.. Ann Intern Med. ;66:1305. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-66-6-1305_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1967;66(6):1305.
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