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January 25, 1947

Stedman's Practical Medical Dictonary 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 Titles in General Use, the Terms Sanctioned by the Basle Anatomical Convention; the New British Anatomical Nomenclature; Pharmaceutical Preparations Official in the U. S. and British -Pharmacopœias or Contained in the National Formulary; and Comprehensive Lists of Synonyms

JAMA. 1947;133(4):275. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880040061028

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The sixteenth edition of Stedman's Practical Medical Dictionary has been edited by Dr. Norman B. Taylor of the University of Toronto. He points out in the preface that hundreds of new words have been added, many of which pertain to war medicine, tropical diseases and physiologic and biochemical topics. Dr. Taylor did not consider it desirable, however, to include all the names of new proprietary drugs that have evolved in recent years. The book is prefaced with an excellent essay on medical etymology indicating the origin of most medical terms from Greek and Latin roots. The volume is dated by its failure to include the words streptomycin, patulin and subtilin, recently announced antibiotic molds. Testosterone is said to be obtained from testicular tissue, and there is no reference to synthetic substances. Although new proprietary drugs are not included, there are still references to such "old timers" as Brown-Séquard's antineuralgic pill

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