By a staff of 33 editors. Price, $18.50. Pp 1533, with illustrations. The Williams & Wilkins Co, 428 E Preston St, Baltimore 21202, 1972.
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I had never really contemplated "reviewing" a medical dictionary before. I suspected it would be about as exciting as curling up with the Los Angeles phone directory. But I was wrong.
The new (22nd) edition of Stedman's is completely fascinating, when one takes the time to mull it over in leisurely fashion. The vocabulary is exhaustive, comprehensive, and current ("7,199 new entries and 24,877 revised definitions..."). The sections on "anatomic," "chemical," "biological," and "pharmacological" terms, "eponyms," "signs," "symptoms," and "tests" represent remarkable compilations of information.
The organization of the dictionary is practical, handy, and thoughtfully conceived. Definitions are crisp and accurate with a parsimony of verbiage—all aspects reflecting the remarkable technicological impact of the computer. How this tool was utilized to revise, update, and infuse new data during the creative process, is described in respectful terms in the publisher's preface.
I found myself actually enjoying "reading" the book. It
Moser RH. Stedman's Medical Dictionary, ed 22. Arch Intern Med. 1973;132(3):459. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.03650090129031
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