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Coming SoonJoe Segen2019-06-05T14:04:13+00:00
It’s hard to contain our excitement about the New Medical Terms pipeline. In the next 24 months (maybe sooner), we will pass the 100,000 definition/entry mark, a figure reached by only a handful of medical dictionaries in lifespans spanning up to a century or more. Such venerated works represent the combined labours of scores of experts and consultants in an array of biomedical disciplines.
This begs the question of whether a single “author” medical dictionary can produce a lexicon of use to the target demographic—physicians, medical students and advanced healthcare professionals and scientists, in less than a century. We’re not there yet, but think we’ll be closer in 2 years. It will be up to the readers and users to decide whether two shoulders (one physician, one databaser) at the proverbial wheel has filled a void in the medical information marketplace.
The reader will find the why’s and wherefore’s of the New Medical Terms (NMT) website www.newmedicalterms.com, and the Dictionary of Modern Medicine database (DMMD), from which the NMT derives elsewhere.
The current version (v.6) of the public release of the DMMD is now available for downloading (see below). On the plate for the 7th edition (version 7) of the DMMD, which we will release in August (2019) will have ± 8,000 more genes, bringing the number of genes in the NMT to 24K and the total number of entries in the public release of the DMMD to ± 70,000.
The 8th and 9th editions of this increasingly robust resource will add another 5,000 genes each, countless updates and corrections, ending 2019—if everything goes to plan– with nearly 80,000 definitions. We expect to continue plowing through the genes listed by the HUGO* until we hit the natural end. At that point we will turn our attention to more (we have ±6,500 at this point) hereditary syndromes listed in the OMIM†.
*Human Genome Organisation †Online Medelian Inheritance in Man
Once we polish off the hereditary syndromes, then the focus will be on incorporating terminology which, whilst integral to modern medical practice, has been given short shrift, citing as examples, forensic medicine, therapeutic monoclonals, genomics, human rights, sport medicine, transplantation medicine, managed care, and a vast etcetera.
Down the road, we expect to incorporate terminology that one finds in the traditional medical dictionaries: Dorland’s, Mosby’s, Stedman’s and Taber’s, but that’s years away.
I will try to add occasional terms to the NMT Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ModernMedicalDictionary/), but it’s a low priority. I’d like to add more, but feel like the one-armed paper hanger for whom the sword is too heavy, not the arm too weak. It’s all pretty ambitious…in any event… Stay Tuned…!!!
Version 6 can be downloaded directly to:
For all three formats (Mac, Windows, iOS), the user name is user; the password is user (they are case sensitive).
Filemaker does not support Android devices.
Once we procure sponsorship, the data will be accessible on all devices and users won’t need to download the database.
Version 6 has nearly 60,000 definitions in the following data sets:
Medical Abbreviations & Acronyms (MA&As)
Alternative Medicine (AM)
British Medicine (BM)
Evidence-based Medicine (EBM)
Hereditary Syndromes (HS)
Some data sets–e.g., MA&As, AM and BM are complete enough to become your ‘go to’ source of information in the named areas. Others, whilst large—Genes has 16,000 entries and HSs has 6,500 entries—are works-in-progress and will continue to grow.