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Pharm word books and medical dictionaries?

 
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Pharm word books and medical dictionaries?
by Scherri Do, CMT - Monday, 14 January 2013, 3:12 PM
 

Hi all,

I'm looking for suggestions for a new drug word book and medical dictionary. I've been using the electronic versions of Stedman's and Saunders, but Saunders will no longer be updating their program or publishing new books. Preferences?

Thanks!

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Re: Pharm word books and medical dictionaries?
by Pam Co - Monday, 14 January 2013, 4:10 PM
 

I've been a fan of Dorland's medical dictionary for a long time... not just because it weighs more than the others. =) There are versions on CD, also...and if you buy the dictionary/CD combo you can get their excellent spell-checker as well, which I've used for years in preference to the Stedman's one (which IMO has become over-priced). Can't help with the drug book, though... I abandoned books for MPR, Epocrates, and the internet a while back when I realized drugs change fast but the reference publication process is sloooowww... 

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Re: Pharm word books and medical dictionaries?
by Renee Ta - Monday, 14 January 2013, 4:51 PM
 

I have Merriam-Webster's Medical Desk Dictionary. It is easy to go to the definition quickly.  I would like to know about a new drug word book as well.

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Re: Pharm word books and medical dictionaries?
by Scherri Do, CMT - Monday, 14 January 2013, 8:03 PM
 

Ah, I forgot about MPR. I used to get the print version of that. I have gotten so used to having my references on my computer screen that I think I want to keep it that way. It makes it so easy to look up dosages and to add new drugs and words to my Shorthand program. When I'm working, it is all about speed and accuracy. I have ordered and just received the last version of Saunders (2012). At least I have that as a backup.

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Re: Pharm word books and medical dictionaries?
by Debbie Jo - Tuesday, 15 January 2013, 3:35 PM
 

I use Saunders, and I didn't realize they were no longer going to be publishing new books.  Hmmmm....that's disappointing.  I've used and liked the Tabor Medical Dictionary, but may also purchase a Dorland's.