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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: LouAnn Schraffenberger, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P(Advocate Health Care)
Description: This is a textbook for the study of medical terminology in a classroom for a 1 or 2 credit-hour course or as independent study. The book includes a CD-ROM with interactive exercises, audio pronunciation glossary, quiz bank with 20 questions per chapter and a pre-test and final examination. The purchase of the book also makes available Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) "LiveAdvise" with its free online tutoring and instructor course assistance. It provides assistance to instructors who are teaching a course as well to students who need help with the subject matter.
Purpose: The purpose is to teach medical terminology by the means of written communication including both graphic illustration and the parallel arrangement of words. The book contains more than 80 full-color illustrations to promote learning.
Audience: The audience includes classroom students taking a medical terminology course in a community college, vocational school, or university. The individual reader may be an independent study student who is looking to learn medical terminology from the beginning or to refresh a prior knowledge of medical language. The author is an instructor of medical terminology in a college in Ontario, Canada.
Features: The first four chapters introduce medical terminology: analyzing medical terms, common suffixes, common prefixes, and building medical terms: the foundation of medical terminology. Chapters 5 through 18 address specific body systems. Each chapter presents basic anatomy and physiology for the body system and illustrations to provide an image. Chapters include exercises and quizzes, with the answers in the appendix. Excerpts from medical documents are presented for "Deciphering Medical Documentation" to provide a glance at reality in medical reports so that students can practice reading real-world documentation. The author uses tables extensively to support words and their meanings.
Assessment: This is a colorful, easy to read and comprehend medical terminology textbook. I particularly like the inclusion of real-life medical documentation in "Deciphering Medical Documents" that allows students to put to use their new knowledge as they will have to do everyday on the job. Appendix B, Commonly Prescribed Drugs, is a nice feature as drug names, both trade and generic, are found in all forms of medical documentation. The CD-ROM is useful for studying. As the title describes, this is a very nice book for A Short Course in Medical Terminology. I think a student would find it easy to use and the LWW "LiveAdvise" is a nice feature that supports instructor leadership and student development.