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The Modern Medical Dictionary Database

The Dictionary of Modern Medicine (DMM) is an entirely new medical reference work compiled/written by a physician for other physicians, medical students and advanced health professionals. The DMM is remarkable because it is:

  • Bigger The DMM defines substantially more terms than the closest competitor: The Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary has nearly 124,000 terms; as of today, the DMM has 190,615 entries

  • Broader The DMM includes terminology from fields that are not included in traditional medical dictionaries. As examples, the DMM has material from Ethics, Evidence-based practice, Forensics, Informatics, Managed care, and Social care, to mention a handful of the nearly 100 areas of medical interest that have been tapped for source material

  • Authoritative The DMM is compiled/written by one person. Recognizing that a one-man show of any sort raises the question of credibility, many definitions/entries have references to the original source material. I haven’t counted lately, but the DMM has between 35,000 and 45,000 references…compared to the relative handful found in the Dorland’s and other medical dictionaries.

  • Faster The DMM is a working database In contrast to text-based (e.g., Kindle) medical dictionaries, where searches take a minute or more and may not find the information, searches in the DMM are targeted, keyword-based and allow boolean searching. The average search takes a few milliseconds; sorting all 190,000 entries takes 2 to 4 seconds.

  • Timely The database format of the DMM adds a level of timeliness which is impossible with paper products and their cousins, text-based eBooks. Inefficiencies occur at all steps along the way of book production, including preproduction, printing, warehousing and shipping. None of this occurs when the work is a live database, the freshest version of which requires only that one hits “send” for the recipients to use the latest version.

The reader is encouraged to read my further musings, Medical Dictionaries in the 21st century