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December 18, 1972

Dictionnaire Français de Médecine et de Biologie

JAMA. 1972;222(12):1564. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03210120056028

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A brief notice of the first volume of this dictionary, which covered the letters A-D, was published in an earlier issue of The Journal (Sept 27, 1971). There will be a supplementary volume of such material as data tables and biographical notes. The publication of this completed dictionary, comprising 150,000 technical terms, represents a major event in medical documentation, for it is more comprehensive than any other comparable work in any language, and probably more authoritative. Its principal author, A. Manuila, MD, ScD, and his coauthors have benefitted from the collaboration of 350 distinguished specialists in medicine and cognate disciplines.

The dictionary is unique in its comprehensive treatment of synonyms, and its numerous notes on such points as usage and analogies. The definitions are clear and concise, but comprehensive enough to give the work the quality of a veritable encyclopedia of modern biomedical science. It does not entirely steer clear