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Bring medical terminology to life with Davi-Ellen Chabner's bestselling The Language of Medicine, 10th Edition! By presenting medical terms within the context of the body’s anatomy and physiology, and in health and disease, this proven resource makes it easy to learn a working medical vocabulary built on the most frequently encountered prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. Practical exercises and case studies demonstrate how medical terms are used in practice. Add an engaging student Evolve website with medical animations and videos, word games, flash cards, and more, and you’ll be ready to communicate confidently in the clinical setting and succeed in your healthcare career.

• Simple, clear, non-technical explanations
demystify medical terminology even if you have little or no background in medicine or science.
Practical applications such as case reports, operative and diagnostic tests, and laboratory and x-ray reports demonstrate the use of medical terminology in practice.
Self-study text/workbook approach reinforces learning every step of the way with labeling diagrams, pronunciation tests, and review sheets.
Full-color illustrations depict anatomy, physiology, and pathology, putting medical terms in the context of the body’s structure and function.
Comprehensiveglossaries andappendices serve as quick references for use in the classroom and on the job.

In Person narratives help you understand diseases and conditions from the patient’s perspective.
NEW! A Closer Look highlights particular conditions.
NEW! Images and photos illustrate difficult terms and procedures.
NEW! Terms and definitions keep you up to date with healthcare advances.
More Spotlights identify and clarify potentially confusing terminology.
Error-prone abbreviations list derived from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) list alerts you to abbreviations that should not be used in the clinical setting.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"It is important for today's healthcare practitioners to understand the correct meaning and use of medical terminology...The clinical importance of language is made clear throughout the book. The terminology comes to life with practical application sections and with case studies that discuss a range of medical conditions and procedures. This is a well-presented and challenging workbook that will be usefulfor established practitioners as well as students."

Nursing Standard, November 2013

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Susan A Trombley, AAS, RRT (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: The eighth edition of The Language of Medicine continues to be a valued asset for those in the medical field. It is written in simple, nontechnical language making terminology and concepts easy to understand.
Purpose: This edition continues its high standards in educating students. It is a valuable teaching tool with which instructors can guide their students on a more visual approach to learning medical terminology.
Audience: The author's goal "is to help students learn and instructors teach." It has been 31 years since the first edition was published and this book continues to speak to students of all backgrounds and levels by engaging them in an active learning experience. The author is an expert in medical terminology.
Features: This is not the typical medical terminology textbook. It connects medical terminology to real life by incorporating scenarios and medical cases. Each chapter is divided into the different systems of the body which gives the reader an understanding of anatomy. Full color diagrams enable the learner to visualize what they are reading and enhance understanding of anatomy, physiology, and pathology. Each area of the chapter is designed to give the student the utmost learning experience. A review sheet at the end of each chapter helps students with self assessment. Also available with this book is a CD-ROM that has additional activities to test student knowledge. The many illustrations and exercises reinforce new concepts.
Assessment: The eighth edition is more visually dynamic than its predecessor. This book continues to hold its high standards with its newly incorporated revisions. This would be a valuable asset to any program requiring medical terminology and for public and college/university libraries as well.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455728466
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 2/25/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 1064
  • Sales rank: 24,442
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

  1. Basic Word Structure
  2. Terms Pertaining to the Body as a Whole
  3. Suffixes
  4. Prefixes
  5. Digestive System
  6. Additional Suffixes and Digestive System Terminology
  7. Urinary System
  8. Female Reproductive System
  9. Male Reproductive System
  10. Nervous System
  11. Cardiovascular System
  12. Respiratory System
  13. Blood System
  14. Lymphatic and Immune Systems
  15. Musculoskeletal System
  16. Skin
  17. Sense Organs: The Eye and the Ear
  18. Endocrine System
  19. Cancer Medicine (Oncology)
  20. Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
  21. Pharmacology
  22. Psychiatry


  • Medical Word Parts to English
  • English to Medical Word Parts

Appendix I: Plurals

Appendix II: Abbreviations, Acronyms, Eponyms, and Symbols

Appendix III: Normal Hematologic Reference Values and Implications of Abnormal Results

Appendix IV: Drugs

Appendix V: Complementary and Alternative Medicine Terms

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2008

    Inspired Medical Student

    This book is awesome, not only does it cover terminology, it covers pathology, anatomy and physiology of each body system, and other medical field such as pharmacology, oncology, radiology and psychiatry. This is a great book and it helped me a lot to memorize, learn and understand the medical terminology.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2003

    No one book is ever perfect

    ...I have reviewed many, many text books used for studying medical terminology and 'The Language of Medicine' is the best of the may have a few problems, but on average outweighs many others..its outline is clear, easy to understand, and is impossible to learn and retain all the necessary terms required to function in industry without understanding the background and the association of the terms to the body...therefore, the study of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology is a necessity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2002

    Mistakes in the book

    This book has a lot of mistakes and tends to make the student confussed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2000

    A simple way to learn your Medical Terminology

    This book contains colorful pages and was easy to understand. Through working on the exercises in the book, you will soon master spelling and reading medical terms easily. This is a book worth to buy and to keep it for the rest of life.

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