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November 16, 1940

Chambers's Technical Dictionary Comprising Terms Used in Pure and Applied Science: Medicine: the Chief Manufacturing Industries: Engineering: Construction: the Mechanic Trades. With Definitions by Recognized Authorities

JAMA. 1940;115(20):1747. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810460079036

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The need for an adequate dictionary of technical terms in different fields is readily apparent. This dictionary is aimed at giving "definitions of terms that are of importance in pure and applied science, in all branches of engineering and construction, and in the larger manufacturing industries and skilled trades." The commoner medical terms are reasonably well covered, but many of the more technical ones such as "adiadokocinesis" and "agoraphobia" do not appear. This is not said by way of criticism, since there would ordinarily be little use in including the rarer terms of this nature in a general technical dictionary. In general this dictionary may be expected to serve a useful purpose which subsequent editions may enhance.

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