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The modern medical dictionary assumes the proportions of an encyclopedia. It provides a liberal medical education for any one who cares to study it. It reflects advance in special fields through the adoption of official nomenclature available in those fields. The editor of Stedman's Dictionary is apparently a crusader for perfection in medical orthography. In his preface to the present edition he attacks spellings, particularly in the chemical field. He emphasizes the fact that some of his crusades have had success through adoption by The Journal. The reason for the change of spelling of alkaloids by the press of the American Medical Association was an attempt by the editor to secure uniformity through the adoption of official spelling established by learned societies.
Language is flexible, modified constantly by changes in usage. It is impossible to follow the classics as authorities since this would involve the use of diphthongs and other
A Practical Medical Dictionary of Words Used in Medicine with Their Derivation and Pronunciation, Including Dental, Veterinary, Chemical, Botanical, Electrical, Life Insurance and Other Special Terms; Anatomical Tables of the Titles in General Use, and Those Sanctioned by the Basle Anatomical Convention; Pharmaceutical Preparations, Official in the U. S. and British Pharmacopœias and Contained in the National Formulary, and Comprehensive Lists of Synonyms. JAMA. 1931;96(6):465. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720320065041
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