Medical Language: Terminology in Context / Edition 1

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A Contextual and Word-Building Approach!

Harness the power of context in your medical terminology course! Developed by dynamic clinical expert Melodie Hull, a trained professional in language methodology, this comprehensive text combines the latest techniques in language development to build your command of the language of medicine.

A dramatic clinical scenario, based on the real world of hospital and medical office environments, becomes the engine that introduces you to medical language in context. Learn crucial terms and commonly used words and phrases as you follow each patient through assessment, treatment, and recovery/rehabilitation. Reinforce what you’ve learned with a proven word-building approach and helpful exercises to enhance your skills.

Listen to Melodie Hull talk (mp3) about her book, including why she wrote it and how it provides learners the practice, skills and knowledge needed to become fluent medical language speakers and users. Want to learn even more about Medical Language? Listen to this detailed walkthrough of Chapter 5 (mp3; 10 minutes), also from the author, Melodie Hull.


Online. Interactive. Progressive.

The Medical Language Lab is the new, interactive, online program that ensures your students master the language of medicine. Based on proven language methodology, it guides your students step by step from basic through advanced levels of proficiency to become confident medical language speakers.

A special code in the front of the book unlocks The MLL for you and your students. Use it with your current learning management system or with its integrated grade book. Customize it to meet the needs of your course.

Want to learn more? Explore all the Medical Language Lab has to offer through this video series.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803626836
  • Publisher: F. A. Davis Company
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1056
  • Sales rank: 700,519
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction

    1. Context and Word Structure: The Keys to Learning Language

      Focus: Prefixes, Suffixes, Root Words, and Combining Forms

    2. Naming and Describing: Medical Language for the Body

      Focus: Anatomy, Physiology, and Position

  2. The Language of Assessment

    1. Physical Assessment

      Focus: Muscular System

    2. Diagnostic Imaging

      Focus: Neurological System and Skeletal System

    3. Laboratory Diagnostics

      Focus: Cardiovascular System and Urinary System

    4. Dental and Burn Assessment

      Focus: Craniofacial Structures and the Integumentary System

    5. Mental Health, Drug Use, and Endocrine Assessment

      Focus: Psychoneuroendocrinology

  3. The Language of Treatment

    1. Obstetrics, Labor, and Delivery

      Focus: Female Reproduction

    2. Medical Records, Test Results, and Referrals

      Focus: Male Reproductive System and Respiratory System

    3. Orthopedics and Brain Injuries

      Focus: Musculoskeletal and Neurological Systems

    4. Postoperative Nutrition and Healing

      Focus: Digestive and Integumentary Systems

    5. Diagnoses and Medication Administration

      Focus: Endocrine System: Diabetes and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  4. The Language of Reparative, Restorative, and Rehabilitative Care

    1. The Healing Process

      Focus: Musculoskeletal and Integumentary Systems

    2. Oncology and Cancer Care

      Focus: Lymphatic and Respiratory Systems

    3. Rehabilitation: Physical and Occupational Therapy

      Focus: Muscles and the Brain

    4. The Mind-Body Connection

      Focus: Mental Health, the Limbic and Immune Systems

    5. Reproductive and Family Health

      Focus: Reproductive Systems, Infant/Child/Family Growth and Development

    6. Putting It All Together

      Focus: Forensic Sciences and Documentation

Appendix: Answer Key


  • Medical Word Elements
  • Common Abbreviations
  • Key Terms

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