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Compilation of this dictionary was begun to prepare "a convenient reference for chemists and chemical engineers in both the chemical and process industries." This was certainly achieved successfully. However, since no one field of science or technology is sufficient unto itself and enclosed within rigid lines of demarcation—rather, the boundary lines between it and other fields from which it of necessity borrows and with which it collaborates are blurred and indefinite—the inclusion of terms in this work was broadened to give a quite comprehensive coverage of many related fields, such as pharmacy and botany. It is to be hoped that the dictionary will be expanded in the future, preferably to include more purely scientific terms, those of value, for instance, to readers of medical and biologic literature.
The author points out a fact that will be conceded by any one who has dealt with foreign languages, namely that it is
Russian-English Technical and Chemical Dictionary. JAMA. 1947;134(17):1514. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880340068025
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