compiled and edited by Joseph C. Segen, 800 pp, with illus, $75, ISBN 1-85070-321-3, Park Ridge, NJ, The Parthenon Publishing Group, 1992.
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As Segen notes in the introduction, this new dictionary is "not designed to replace traditional dictionaries, but rather to complement them." Thus, it avoids terms that one would expect to find in a medical dictionary (eg, anatomical and biochemical terms) and includes no pronunciation guidelines but rather focuses on acronyms, jargon, neologisms, and "the argot of new disciplines, diseases, their diagnosis and therapies." Many of these terms derive from disciplines with which medicine shares the modern milieu: legal, ethical, bureaucratic.
This new slant makes for an enjoyable dictionary to browse through and a useful reference tool. A sampling of terms from the field of law includes Roe v Wade, Nancy Beth Cruzan (provides information on the Cruzan case and data from a New England Journal of Med-icine article on US patients in a persistent vegetative state and the annual cost of caring for them), advance directive, malpractice (an entry
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