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Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (INDEXED) & Taber’s Electronic Medical Dictionary CD-ROM V 3.0

Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (INDEXED) & Taber’s Electronic Medical Dictionary CD-ROM V 3.0



  • Donald Venes
  • Clarence Wilbur Taber


  • Hardcover: 2800 pages
  • Publisher: F. A. Davis Company; 20 Har/Cdr edition (April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803613083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803613089
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 2.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds


Book Description

For more than 65 years, Taber’s has provided students, nurses, and health professionals with the definitions and information they need to provide superior care for their patients, while remaining portable and easy-to-carry.


56,000 easy-to-understand definitions — almost 50% more than the competition

700 illustrations; more than 500 in full-color

Cyclopedic format means you get much more than just definitions. You get a comprehensive resource with:

— Superior illustrations

— Pronunciations

— Abbreviations

— Etymologies (word origins)

— 100 most frequently prescribed drugs (NEW)

— Patient Care sections with clinically pertinent information

— Caution statements in color, to call attention to vital considerations and potential dangers that help you practice safe health care

— Tables that put important information at your fingertips

— Disease entries that include symptoms, diagnosis and treatment –This text refers to the Hardcover edition. 

Book Info

Brandon/Hill Medical List (#134), Brandon/Hill Nursing List first-purchase (#72), and Brandon/Hill Allied Health List first-purchase (#76) selection. Dictionary for students and practitioners includes color illustrations and a new appendix of complementary and alternative medicine. Includes 56,000 terms. Indexed version also available. DNLM: Medicine–Dictionary–Engl. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. 


Indispensable for Professionals, Students, & Laypeople, May 4, 2004

This dictionary has enough information to be useful for even the most learned medical professional and is still simple enough to use to be accessible to any mildly educated member of society. The dictionary is much more than simply a dictionary. Consisting of the vocabulary section and then some appendices, this 2270-page godsend is chockfull of definitions, examples, full-color diagrams, charts, diagnoses, and more. The preface to the dictionary actually lists all of the features of this cyclopedic dictionary, so I will regurgitate it here:
1. Vocabulary
2. Easy-to-Use Entry Format
3. Alphabetization
4. Eponyms (including biographies of those after whom things were named)
5. Definitions
6. Pronunciations
7. Singular/Plural Forms
8. Etymologies
9. Abbreviations
10. Encyclopedic Entries
11. Illustrations
12. Tables
13. Adjective Forms of Words
14. Cautionary Statements
15. Synonyms (Very helpful!)
16. Cross-References
17. Appendices (Basically all the stuff that doesn’t fit well within the dictionary, like medical terminology prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms as well as lots of various classification schemes)
18. Nursing Diagnoses Appendix

The book comes with a trial subscription to Taber’s Online. This is my only complaint. Taber’s Online does not appear to have received the thorough thought that the printed version did. I found that it was generally unhelpful, but you don’t have to pay any extra for it, so I’m not complaining, just commenting. Overall, I would strongly recommend buying the Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary.