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The poverty of current medical lexicography is made conspicuous by the lack of a scholarly dictionary. Physicians would be greatly assisted in their troubled confrontation of words, ideas, and things if there was a medical lexicon put together in the pattern of the Oxford English Dictionary or even one much less comprehensive. Such a medical dictionary would have to focus a great deal of attention on the derivation of words for which a working knowledge of the Greek alphabet is needed. Few doctors have it now, but it is the kind of information that can be obtained from Nybakken's Greek and Latin in Scientific Terminology. Although Henderson's Dictionary of Scientific Terms encompasses several branches of biology, botany, zoology, cytology, genetics, embryology, anatomy, and physiology, together with some paleontology and bacteriology, and therefore is not designed specifically for physicians it can be very useful to them. If one is struggling to
Bean WB. A Dictionary of Scientific Terms. Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(3):472. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280090158039
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