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October 23, 1954

The Macmillan Medical Dictionary

JAMA. 1954;156(8):800-801. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950080048031

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Although there are several good English medical dictionaries, a new one is always welcome. This medical dictionary includes a number of good features: the definitions are clear and concise without involving obscure terms and unfamiliar words, most of them appear where one would first look for them, pronunciation is indicated simply, and derivations are given. A number of terms in frequent use have been omitted, such as nitrogen mustard, Papanicolaou technique, citrovorum factor, vectorcardiography, Sjögren's syndrome, and ventricular fibrillation. Since this dictionary is published in England as "The Faber Medical Dictionary," it was intended chiefly for British use, and in many instances the user may expect to find British terms rather than those accepted in the United States. He also must remember that diphthongs change the spelling of familiar words, so that etiology becomes aetiology, all words beginning with "hem" are under "haem," and edema and esophagus appear under the

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