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Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary (Standard Version) [Hardcover]

by Dorland
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April 15, 2000 0721662544 978-0721662541 29th
Introducing the 100th Anniversary Edition of the world's leading medical dictionary! For 100 years, health care professionals have relied on DORLAND'S for its unmatched comprehensiveness, accuracy, clarity, and ease of use. The new, 29th edition encompasses the very latest information from every frontier in health care, with over 8,100 new terms (121,160 in all), over 7,600 new entries (for a total of 117,469), over 820 illustrations (566 brand new), and much more!

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'Terse,clear,accurate' -JAMA, from a review of the 27th edition "Carries on an impressive tradition of accuracy, clarity, and conciseness going back to the early years of the century, and users who prefer the medical dictionary with the brick-red covers will find...the same amiable and authoritative guide they have come to respect and trust." -JAMA "Dorland's is reasonably priced and would be useful to anyone in the health care field. I cannot imagine a practitioner who would not want a copy of this dictionary in the office." -The Journal of Family Practice

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Know exactly what each term means with definitions that are the richest, most accurate available --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: Dorland's Medical Dictionary
  • Hardcover: 2088 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 29th edition (April 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0721662544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0721662541
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.9 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,047,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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297 of 313 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dorland's: a big disappointment October 3, 1999
As a medical textbook author, I felt a need to add Dorland's to my increasing collection of medical dictionaries, so I ordered a copy from Now that I have used it for a couple of weeks, I can remember why I chose Stedman's back when my budget was more limited and I compared the two dictionaries with an eye to buying just one of them. I am repeatedly disappointed when I look up terms in Dorland's. Pronunciations are often lacking (e.g., for the cranial foramina and skeletal muscles), the illustrations are meager and inferior to Stedman's, and many terms are missing. Dorland's doesn't even define first-, second-, and third-degree burns, for example, and the levator labii superioris muscle and levator labii superioris alaeque nasi are completely missing from both the body of the dictionary and the appendix of muscle tables. Such omissions reflect either inexcusable carelessness or inexplicable editorial caprice. A professional writer or physician should have Dorland's on hand as a backup source. I find it useful for corroborating some facts and getting alternative meanings of words. But I still go to Stedman's as my first resort; it does a far better job. For a student or professional person with budget for just one good medical dictionary, I recommend Stedman's or the more economical but very good Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary.
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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best medical dictionary. August 23, 1998
By A Customer
Dorland's and Stedman's are the two premier medical dictionaries. Any physician or other person who requires frequent reference to medical definitions should probably own both (I do). Both books have occasional errors; each book has terms that the other lacks; and each book has some definitions that are superior to the those in the other. However, if you purchase only one, I recommend Dorland's. In my opinion, Dorland's has definitions for more terms, better definitions and fewer errors.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 30th edition of Dorland's is a real delight. April 7, 2004
I'm not in a position to criticize anyone who prefers Mosby's or Stedman's dictionaries; however I have used all three and found the 30th ed. of Dorland's to be my personal favorite.
1. Anyone who uses books regularly knows the importance of a dictionary's binding and printing. Dorland's has a beautiful layout, easy-to-read font, and subtle and effective illustrations. The paper is top quality, and few books these days are so well bound. The book stays open at any page and when shut feels like a brick. The binding doesn't flex and the pages don't sag.
2. I am not a specialist, but I haven't found any word from a medical textbook that wasn't easy to locate and very well defined. The quality of the illustrations is really striking--particularly for anatomical terms. I find an excess of pictures and photographs distracting in a dictionary, and Dorland's are always well-chosen and relevant.
3. The CD-ROM/registration code is a nice plus. I can't comment on the PDA feature, but the access to the internet version of Dorland's is an incredible time saver if one happens to be working at the computer.
I love this dictionary. If I had time I'd read it cover to cover. The only downside is the size. There's definitely a place for Taber's or some other compact dictionary for travel, etc.
P.S.-- Thanks to Ken Saladin for his excellent critical review. The editors at Dorland's must have been listening too, since the 30th edition has all the terms he listed as missing (and hopefully others as well!)
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Medical Dictionary March 16, 1999
By A Customer
I have used the Dorland's Medical Dictionary for 25 years working in a hospital transcription position. This dictionary makes looking up words easy and in most cases I could find what I was looking for in here when I could not find it in the Stedman's. I am buying books for working at home and this is one of my first choices.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far superior to the rest December 5, 2000
I have been a medical transcriber for years and Dorland's far surpasses any other dictionary I have used. The layout is that of a common dictionary, which we're all accustomed to using, and it is easy to find the word you're looking for. Compare Stedman's: the layout is confusing in that there are are often many subcategories to one word, and I often cannot find a word I'm looking for, only to find it another day under some heading where I never dreamed it would be. When reading Dorland's, it is clear that the dictionary is geared to the medical professional, with its concise, scientific definitions and detailed illustrations. It is expensive, but well worth it.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Bible" of medical dictionaries March 13, 1999
By A Customer
As a medical transcriptionist, I have used many different medical dictionaries, but for me, Dorland's has always been regarded as the "Bible." I can always count on it to be accurate in listing all variations and extensions of words. To the person who complained about the quality of the paper of the dictionary and all sorts of "non-essential" things, I can only say look to the essentials of what a dictionary is supposed to be -- accurate, informative, easy to use, and a source you can rely on it -- and Dorland's provides all of those things.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Essentials August 3, 2002
At the medical publisher where I work, there is not a single desk without its own copy of "Dorlands," as we all call it. Those who have been editing medical books and journals a long time, like me, know it's a tool that is essential to our job. Those who are new to the profession find out quickly!
Every possible medical condition is described in this easy-to-read, easy-to-navigate treasure. Some of the peskiest problems in medical editing, knowing when to italicize a genus and/or species, and even identifying which IS a genus and/or species, is a quick page away with Dorlands. Therefore, I no longer fear the mention of pseudomonas (if I haven't spelled this right, forgive Dorlands is back at the office!)
There are many other medical dictionaries, but most medical editors in the know use this one. And I imagine most medical students to as well. It's simply one of a kind.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Dorlands Medical Dictionary
Excellent medical reference book. The edition that I received was 8 1/2 by 11 inch book. Superb drawings both in black and white and colored.
Published 4 months ago by Nancy P. Leakey
5.0 out of 5 stars Grat medical reference
Great illustrations. Detailed explanation of numerous diseases. User friendly index and glossary. Good for layman to grasp medical terminology. We use it constantly.
Published 5 months ago by The BIG VP.
2.0 out of 5 stars Cd does not work
Cd rom would not work, probably because of age of book. Book good condition, delivery good just disapointed that I could not register and use cd.
Published 5 months ago by mk
5.0 out of 5 stars Received in great shape and before projected time
Received my package and was surprised because it came before the projected time I was given. It was in great shape and I was able to get going with my studies. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Donna Colclazier
5.0 out of 5 stars Dorland's Med Dictionary
The book is brand new (basically). It does contain the 31st edition CD, however, I'm unable to access contents because the 32nd edition is now out for download. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Janet L. Mcmillan
4.0 out of 5 stars BIG book for a GREAT price!
This is great book for looking up basic vocab words...and you can't beat the price. Its just a HUGE like 10lb book. So it can be frustrating... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Shannon Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars great medical dictionary
It is a great no less than a great medical dictionary I had ever seen; something that if you do not read a book just look at it page by page. Read more
Published 13 months ago by crispylocal
5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase! I use it daily.
I am a student at Colorado Technical University Online and this book has made my classwork and labs a breeze. Thank you.
Published 14 months ago by Bruce Anthony Long
2.0 out of 5 stars It's just fine...but....
After receiving the Updated version, this one pales in comparison.
It still has great info but the newer version is much more colorful
Published 16 months ago by Debi Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference!
I use this book dailey and I enjoy the illustrations. I'm taking Billing and Coding classes here in Houston so I really needed a detailed book just like this one.
Published 19 months ago by Casandra M. Barnes
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