Mosby's Medical Dictionary (5th Ed)
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Customer Review: Excellent reference
I am currently studying to become a medical transcriptionist. I've utilized and compared numerous different medical dictionaries: Dorland's, Taber's, Stedman's, Merriam-Webster's Medical Desk Dictionary, and now Mosby's. Mosby's is an exceptionally fine reference work, and is always accessed first when I need to make an inquiry. Dorland's has the broadest field of definitions, but they have an irritating substition for what have become standard pronunciation guidelines in most collegiate dictionaries. Mosby's pronunciation guidelines mirror the superior trend set by the Merriam-Webster dictionaries, whether medical or standard collegiate. In addition, the Mosby's reference is littered with full-color photographs, illustrations, and useful appendix-type system review supplements in the introduction that provide a more visceral grasp of the subject matter. Like the AMA's 'Encyclopedia of Medicine,' the graphic nature of the text can be alarming, but is appropriate considering the gravity of the material presented. It is priced very reasonably. I keep my Dorland's accessible in case I can't find what I need, but I haven't had to seriously use it. Like the yellow pages, the Mosby's dictionary is 'the one that gets used'!
Customer Review: This dictionary makes looking up words fun.
I bought Mosby's because it's easy to read and look up medical terms. I'm learning the language and this book is formatted for easy readability. The numerous illustrations are all in color which I found informative. It's definitely a user-friendly dictionary.