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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Julie Hosley, RN, CMA (Carteret Community College)
Description: This text is a brief overview of medical terminology arranged by systems and directed toward allied health students or other professionals who need a foundation in medical terminology. This is the third edition; previous editions were published in 1990 and 1995.
Purpose: The author has designed the book for students or for those who need to enhance comprehension of medical terms without the need for a great depth or breadth of word knowledge. This text fits admirably with other short, low intensity books currently on the market. The author has met her objective.
Audience: The author directs this text toward the student or healthcare professional who needs basic word building and comprehension concepts. It is my impression that this text will be appropriate for the target audience. The author's credentials are not mentioned, and I was unable to find references, but I believe her previous texts were well received which gives her credibility that I cannot corroborate in the available material.
Features: The textbook contains well-delineated course and chapter objectives. Each chapter contains good exercises with boxes, tables, and charts to support the text. The author combines standard text with programmed exercises to enhance student participation. An unusual feature is the inclusion of Spanish-to-English and English-to-Spanish terms in the chapters. The appendixes include a section on common pharmacological terms and many current medications by trade and generic name. There is a very brief section on abbreviations; most texts at this level contain more extensive lists of common abbreviations. A CD-ROM is included and audiotapes are available. The line illustrations are adequate and appropriate, but the photo illustrations are black-and-white and are somewhat fuzzy. The author takes a rather unusual approach of listing pronunciation of terms separately, which helps to unclutter the flow of the text.
Assessment: This text should fit well into a quarter course or more leisurely into one semester. It compares well with others in this category of short course material.