Medical Terminology: An Illustrated Guide / Edition 7

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Medical Terminology: An Illustrated Guide, 7e by Barbara Janson Cohen uses a stepwise approach to learning medical terminology. Part 1 describes how medical terms are built from word parts; Part 2 introduces body structures, diseases, and treatments; and Part 3 describes each body system. Individual chapters also build on knowledge in stages: the Key Terms sections list the terms most commonly used; more specialized terms are included in a later section entitled “Supplementary Terms.”

        The current edition includes a robust student ancillary package, with assessment exercises, chapter quizzes, and a complete suite of instructor resources.  To maximize success in this course you can also purchase the adaptive quizzing program, prepU provides a powerful value to students - the online study experience helps them to understand and retain course information and helps instructors to better assess what their students may be struggling with.


This book contains predominantly color illustrations, with some black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: This is more than just a book on medical terminology — its organization emphasizes the clinical importance of the various systems of the human body. This is an update of the 2010 edition.
Purpose: It is designed to satisfy the basic medical terminology learning requirements needed to practice in any healthcare setting.
Audience: It is intended for students who are interested in working in healthcare where mastery of medical terminology is required.
Features: The book has three parts: Introduction to Medical Terminology, Disease and Treatment, and Body Systems. The chapters begin with a case study followed by learning objectives, a pretest, and then chapter content. Chapters in the second two sections contain illustrated overviews of a specific organ system with definitions of key terms. Tables, images, drawings, terminology abbreviations, information boxes, and other useful learning tools are found throughout the text to reinforce learning. Chapters end with a review containing various exercises such as matching, word building, and other reinforcement tools. The book ends with nine appendixes (which include commonly used symbols, abbreviations and their meanings, word roots, suffixes, prefixes, and other useful tools), answer key to chapter review sections, index of boxes, the index, a section of perforated cards for memory games, and a student resource DVD.
Assessment: This is an outstanding medical terminology textbook. It presents not only the concepts of medical terminology, it also applies these concepts to the structure and function of the human body as well as body systems. Students will find this a pleasure to read and study.
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 "This is an outstanding medical terminology textbook. It presents not only the concepts of medical terminology, it also applies these concepts to the structure and function of the human body as well as body systems. Students will find this a pleasure to read and study."

Doody's Reviews
Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT(William Beaumont Hospitals)

Weighted Numerical Score: 100 - 5 Stars!

LouAnn Schraffenberger
This is an introduction to the study of medical language. According to the author, it can be used to learn medical terminology in a classroom, via independent study, or through a distance learning program. The purpose is to promote the understanding of medical language. Through word analysis and labeling exercises, the student learns the anatomic and clinical terms pertaining to each body system. The audience includes allied health students, nursing students, and others interested in learning medical terminology. It could also be used by individuals who wish to refresh their medical terminology knowledge. Each chapter opens with a chapter outline and student objectives. Chapters 1 to 8 present the basics of medical terminology. These chapters include word parts, a general orientation to body structure, chapters on disease, diagnosis and treatment, and a chapter on drugs. In the second part, chapters begin with an overview of the normal structure and function of the system under study followed by a list of key terms with definitions. Word parts related to each topic are presented and illustrated with exercises. There is an overview of clinical information pertaining to the system, followed by a list of key terms with definitions. Case studies illustrate terminology in the context of a medical report. Audiotapes aid in pronunciation. An instructor's manual is available with color transparencies and a test bank in both computerized and paper format. The book is well organized and presented. Many study aids promote active participation by the student. Attractive and informative illustrations and photographs are included in every chapter. The exercises, crossword puzzles, study questions, andflashcards encourage the student to understand and retain the language of medicine. The case studies show the student how medical language is used everyday. This is a first-rate textbook for learning medical terminology. After students finish their studies, the book can serve as an excellent reference. Teachers -- give this book a look.
New edition of a spiral-bound textbook with numerous exercises (and answers). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451187564
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 2/8/2013
  • Edition description: Seventh, None
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 728
  • Sales rank: 113,428
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction to Medical Terminology
Chapter 1: Concepts of Medical Terminology
Chapter 2: Suffixes
Chapter 3: Prefixes
Chapter 4: Cells, Tissues, and Organs
Chapter 5: Body Structure

Part II: Disease and Treatment
Chapter 6: Disease
Chapter 7: Diagnosis and Treatment; Surgery
Chapter 8: Drugs

Part III: Body Systems
Chapter 9: Circulation: The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems
Chapter 10: Blood and Immunity
Chapter 11: The Respiratory System
Chapter 12: The Digestive System
Chapter 13: The Urinary System
Chapter 14: The Male Reproductive System
Chapter 15: The Female Reproductive System; Pregnancy and Birth
Chapter 16: The Endocrine System
Chapter 17: The Nervous System and Behavioral Disorders
Chapter 18: The Senses
Chapter 19: The Skeleton
Chapter 20: The Muscular System
Chapter 21: The Skin

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