Medical dictionary

Medical dictionary

Volume 62 Number 6 ROOK REVIEWS This observation, coupled with teristic of carcinoma of the breast, stomach, and pancreas. the argument of occasion...

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Volume 62 Number 6

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This observation, coupled with teristic of carcinoma of the breast, stomach, and pancreas. the argument of occasional resistance to radiation, is offered as reasonable justification, in the opinion of like-minded persons, for the practice of radical surgery. In any event, t,he experience of the courageous and accomplished surgeon indicates that one should not despair The of hope for the afflicted until all the resources of the physician have been exploited. reviewer admits his personal dislike of the term “ultraradical surgery. ” He is reminded of the varying degrees of “deluxe” with which automobile manufacturers in the past have described their cars. He would rest.rict such a ne @s zllfrn expression to designate the practice of preserving some healthy tissue for culture, then discarding the body, in the hope that the devoted descendants would keep alive the culture as well as the germ plasm. Of nationwide sociological interest were the remarks of Right Honorable Aneurin Bevan, Minister of Health, who proudly reported a fall in the maternal mort.ality rates from 3.13 per 1,000 to 1.01 per 1,000 from 1939 to 1948. The stillbirth rate dropped from 38 to 23.1 per 1,000 during the same interval. Similar substantial improvement was noted in the infant mortality and general death rate. While platitudes grow from accumulated experience which should not be summarily cast aside, energetic winnowing of newer concepts can improve the already enviable health record, not only of England, but over the world. The articles, new and review, which cannot here be reported individually or in detail, have hopefully by now reached a much larger audience through professional journals. The formal program, as well as the delightful extracurricular activities which facilitated the commingling of gynecologists and obstetricians from here and far, afforded an opportunity that will be happily perpetuated in memory by reference to the Transactions which can serve as a worthy Festschrift for that occasion. TV. T. POMMERENKE

Miscellaneous Dorland’s Medical Dictionary,ls now in its twenty-second edition, has grown to be an accepted standard in medical nomenclature as a work of reference. The present volume is its semicentennial, the first having been issued in 1900. The rapid growth of our medical vocabulary during this period of progress has made these numerous revisions a necessity. However, it is desirable to retain the older terms in addition to the new, although this has imposed difficulties in keeping the volume within limits decreed by convenience in usage. Moreover, a dictionary is no longer a one-man job, as witnessed by the large number of those mentioned in the preface as contributors well known in their respective fields of medicine and the allied sciences. Valuable features of the book include a preliminary article on the fundamentals of medical etymology and a table of modern drugs and dosage. Excellent paper, printing, and binding contribute to make what is familiarly known as Dorland’s Dictionary, a volume of over 1,700 pages with numerous illustrations and color plates, an essential item in the physician’s library. It is a worthy monument to its original editor and his ,staff of collaborators.

The intent of this book14 is admirable, but it suffers from both poor planning aud poor execution. It is supposed to furnish a comprehensive, concise, and realistic source of reference in pathology, apparently for the medical profession at large. It is anything but comprehensive, lacking sections on the breast, the female genitals, most endocrine disorders, and the nervous system, as well as other minor omissions. Conciseness of text is overdone, resulting in dogmatic statement,s regarding controversial p’oints, occasionally flat misstatements. Realism is achieved through the beautifully reproduced photographs of patients, roentgenograms, gross specimens, and microscopic preparations, all in color. American Illustrated Medical Dhtionary. By W. A. Newman Dorland. A.M., M.D., Twenty-second edition, -with 720 illustrations, including 48 plates. Philadelphia and 1951, W. B. Saunders Company. l’Color Atlas of Pathology. Prepared under the auspices of the United States ,Naval Medical School of the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland. 546 pages, illustrated with 1053 figures in color on 365 plates. Philadelphia, 1951. J. B. Lippincott Company. $20.00.

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