A comprehensive dictionary of medical language. Over 45,000 clearly worded, well-researched items with thousands of definitions revised to reflect recent changes in research and practice. Includes more than 90 easy-to-understand, labeled illustrations and tables. More than 1,000 new words have been added, reflecting new tests (immunoblot), treatments (photodynamic therapy), diseases (SARS), procedures and disorders. Commonly prescribed and over-the-counter medications are included. The vocabulary of HMOs and managed care is covered as well.