January 1957

Blakiston's New Gould Medical Dictionary.

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Edition 2. Edited by Norman L. Hoerr, M.D., and Arthur Osol, Ph.D., with the cooperation of an editorial board and 88 contributors. Price, $11.50. Pp. 1464, with numerous illustrations. Blakiston Division, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 330 W. 42d St., New York 36, 1956.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;99(1):159-160. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260010161028

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"After all, there is no such literature as a dictionary"—William Osler.

Reviewing a medical dictionary is not unlike taking on the phone book of New York City. There is so little about much in it that concentration on any one fact, name, or aspect, at best is only casually selective and cannot possibly be representative. Keeping any medical dictionary up-to-date in these rapidly changing times is a labor of love and requires the compulsive drives of editors with a strong, obsessive nature and much physical strength. In spite of Osler's merry words, I am not able to sit down and in cold blood read through a dictionary. I have now used this new dictionary for a number of weeks and have found it very satisfactory. It is cross referenced so that even when an occasional point is not available where first looked for, it can be found by back tracking

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