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Black's Medical Dictionary

Harvey Marcovitch

Medical Dictionary

Julie Key, Literature Search Specialist

Reason you chose this book

I came to work in the RCN Library from a drama college library with only an “O” level in Biology, so my “comfort blanket”  whilst I grappled with medical terminology was Black’s, and 20 years later I still have a copy on my office window ledge.


Black's Medical Dictionary has been the best-selling medical dictionary since its 1st edition in 1906; and is invaluable for anyone needing a clear explanation of medical terms. It contains over 5000 definitions and descriptions of medical terms and concepts with over 1000 diagrams, drawings and colour illustrations. A student’s medical dictionary is also available.

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