Medical Dictionaries / Reference Books


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    Hi there! An acquaintance of mine who works for an NGO in Cambodia is looking for good medical reference books. Her organization works with vicitims of human right's abuses and has a few nurses on staff that treat injuries and illnesses of these victims. When I last talked with her, they were using a 1994 Physicians Desk Reference for their primary source of medical information. I am getting a 2004 Physicians Desk Reference for her, but I also thought I should get the Merck Manual and a decent medical dictionary.

    Can any of you recommend good medical reference books that would be relevant in this situation?

    Also, what medical dictionary would you get: a Dorland's Illustrated, Stedman's, or something else?

    Much thanks in advance for your suggestions!


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    Feb 1, 2004
      PDR and medical dictionaries aren't really good resources to use for treating patients. A better resource would be something like "Current medical diagnosis and treatment" or Harrison's internal medicine. Merck manual is probably pretty good too.
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