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Dictionary of Medicine

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The Dictionary of Medicine is a health reference product about a wide variety of health topics such as diseases, disorders and conditions, treatments and diagnostic tests, diets, alternative treatments, and prevention.

More than 1,800 full-length articles are included in this app and enhanced with 765 images, including photos, charts, tables, and detailed illustrations, including disorders/conditions, tests/procedures, and treatments/therapies. Many common drugs are also covered,with generic drug names appearing first and brand names following in parentheses. Prominent individuals in medicine are highlighted as sidebar biographies that accompany the main topical essays. Articles follow a standardized format that provides information at a glance.

Rubrics include:

◎ Disorders/Conditions
● Definition
● Demographics
● Description
● Causes and symptoms
● Diagnosis
● Treatment
● Prognosis
● Prevention
● Resources
● Key terms

◎ Tests/Treatments
● Definition
● Purpose
● Precautions
● Description
● Preparation
● Aftercare
● Risks
● Normal/abnormal results
● Resources
● Key terms

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in holistic medicine that emphasizes the connection between mind and body. Aimed at achieving and maintaining good health rather than just eliminating disease, this approach has come to be known as alternative medicine. This app includes a number of essays on alternative therapies, ranging from traditional Chinese medicine to homeopathy and from meditation to aromatherapy. In addition to full essays on alternative therapies, the encyclopedia features specific Alternative treatment sections for diseases and conditions that may be helped by complementary therapies. It also includes entries on diets, nutrition, and general wellness.