Medical Dictionary

A medical dictionary is a list of words or articles relating to medicine. A medical dictionary to a doctor is like the Bible to the priest.

Today medical dictionaries are even available on PDAs, which uses the power of Mobipocket Smart Dictionary technology. You have to select a word in any English book and just click to get its definition.

The Evolution Of Medical Dictionaries

Ancient Egyptian Medical Dictionaries

If we look back at the history of Egypt we will see that the Egyptians were progressive medical practitioners for their time. They mastered human anatomy and the credit goes to the extensive mummification ceremonies. They had a clear knowledge of the functions of the organs within the human body. The Egyptians are the first recorder of advanced medicinal practices.

Egyptians with their medical erudition has a permanent place in the compendium of human medical history. Hermes, a healer of Greek origin who studied in Egypt, compiled the largest of these medical dictionaries, which consisted of six books.

Ancient Indian Medical Dictionaries

India is the land where the Vedic system of medicine, Ayurveda (the science of living), which views health as harmony between body, mind and spirit was originated over 3000 years ago. The two most illustrious texts, Charaka Samhita and Susrutha Samhita of this era belong to the schools of Charaka and Sushruta.

Ancient Chinese Medical Dictionaries

The theoretical foundations of Chinese Medicine are methodically covered in the text “Huangdi Neijing”, considered as the most shaping work of ancient China.

Reaching Modernity In Medical Dictionary

Dorland's Medical Dictionary, regarded as the first modern medical dictionary was published in 1890 as the American Illustrated Medical Dictionary. In 1898, a pocket edition called the American Pocket Medical Dictionary consisting of 500 pages was published. After the death of editor William Alexander Newman Dorland, AM, MD in 1956 the name of dictionaries was re-titled to slot in his name and the dictionaries became popular by the new name. The recent version, the 30th edition is available in electronic version.

A good medical dictionary is your true guide through the maze of the medical globe.

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