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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.