best medical dictionary?

  1. I have been told that Taber's medical dictionary is very good. Would you recommend that one or another one? Also does it include phsyiology, microbiology, chemistry terms, etc.? Thanks for any suggestions.
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  3. by   Vsummer1
    Good question! I haven't bought a medical dictionary yet because I can use the ones at school, or there are several online I use. In my school, there were 5 required books and we all know how expensive these books are, so I didn't get many of the non-required texts earlier but am buying them one at a time as I can.
  4. by   memphispanda
    I have Taber's and I really like it. It goes with me to clinicals because it has just about everything in it I could possibly need to look up. It also has some great references in the back for nursing diagnoses. I bought this one because of the 2 we could choose from, this one was cheaper and smaller (a little less weight to lug around).
  5. by   javamom
    The university I attend recommends Mosby's. So that's all I have so I can't compare it to anything. But it does have a ton of great pics, lots of references and seems to be doing the job for me.

    When my mom went to RN school years ago, she said Taber's was recommended at the hospital she rec'd her RN degree from. So I guess it's up to what institution maybe.
  6. by   baseline
    I still refer to my Taber's on a regular basis! I love it!

  8. by   Mkue
    I think Taber's is the best, I also have Mosby's, Stedmans. I like the size of Taber's, the other two are pretty bulky but use them on occasion.

  9. by   KRVRN
    Yup, Taber's.
  10. by   kats
    Thanks. That is pretty much the response I expected. I am going to get it for my Palm m500. What are the other typical reference books you need for nursing school. I know I will also need a pharmacy reference so I will probably get epocrates. Are there any others you can suggest. I would like to get as many of them for my Palm as possible so I won't have to carry as many books. Memory requirements aren't a bit issue as my Palm has the original 8mg and I also have a 64mg memory card.
  11. by   kats
    I meant to say a big issue, not "bit" issue. Oops.
  12. by   mspringer
    I have both dictionaries and I use them both. Taber's seems to give the short answer for most things, whereas Mosby's gives a more extended answer. Additionally, Mosby's has lots of color photos if you learn better that way. One last thing on Mosby's is the appendicies are easier to read <don't have to turn the book sideways> and maybe a little more extensive on things such as Herbs and Natural Supplements. If you can afford it buy both, but Taber's is much easier to take to clinical, if you dare (they seem to walk off). Hope this helps.


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  14. by   baseline
    Other reference book for me is Lippincotts Manual of nursing practice.........but there are others!