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An encyclopedia is a written compendium of human knowledge. WikiMD concentrates on building an Encyclopedia of Medicine.

Etiology[edit | edit source]

The term Encyclopedia comes from the Greek words εγκύκλιος παιδεία, enkyklios paideia ("in a circle of instruction"). From εγκύκλιος, circuit shaped from κύκλος circuit and παιδεία, meaning instruction. See the Note on spelling below.

Types[edit | edit source]

Encyclopedias can be general, containing articles on topics in many different fields - the English language Encyclopædia Britannica and German Brockhaus are well-known examples, or they can specialize in a particular field (such as an encyclopedia of medicine or philosophy). There are also encyclopedias that cover a wide variety of topics from a particular cultural or national perspective, such as the Great Soviet Encyclopedia.

Medical encyclopedia[edit | edit source]

A medical encyclopedia is a comprehensive reference work that provides information about a wide range of medical topics. It is designed to be a resource for healthcare professionals, students, and the general public, and typically includes information about diseases, conditions, treatments, procedures, and other medical concepts.

Organization[edit | edit source]

Medical encyclopedias are typically organized alphabetically by topic, making it easy to locate specific information. They may also include cross-references to related topics, as well as illustrations, diagrams, and other visual aids to help explain complex concepts.

Authors[edit | edit source]

One of the key features of a medical encyclopedia is that it is written by experts in the field. These may include doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, as well as researchers and educators. This ensures that the information contained in the encyclopedia is reliable and up-to-date.

Glossaries[edit | edit source]

In addition to providing information about medical topics, medical encyclopedias may also include resources such as a glossary of medical terms, a list of common abbreviations, and a directory of medical organizations and resources.

Utility[edit | edit source]

Medical encyclopedias are an important resource for healthcare professionals, students, and the general public. They provide a wealth of information about a wide range of medical topics and can be an invaluable resource for those seeking to learn more about health and medicine.

Types[edit | edit source]

There are many different medical encyclopedias available, both in print and online such as WikiMD. Some examples include the Dorland's Medical Dictionary, the Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, and the Merck Manual of Medical Information.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Overall, medical encyclopedias are an essential resource for anyone interested in health and medicine. By providing reliable, up-to-date information about a wide range of medical topics, they can help to improve understanding and facilitate informed decision-making about healthcare.

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