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The 3rd Edition of this easy-to-use text makes it fast and fun to develop a working knowledge of medical terms! It combines the study of word parts and rules for building medical terms with reviews of anatomy and physiology.

This edition features a 90-minute audio tape and CD-ROM packaged with the book, Spanish translations at the end of each chapter, "quick reviews" and more!

Includes 125 illustrations of which 30 are in full color.

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

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: This medical terminology book includes two audio CDs which correlate with the book chapters to demonstrate pronunciation. Originally published in 1990, this revision updates the fifth edition published in 2007.
Purpose: The book is useful for students in a short medical terminology course or as self-paced material for anyone pursuing a career in the allied health professions. Given the continuous changes in medicine, this revision is needed.
Audience: Although intended for allied health students, it is written in such an easy-to-understand manner that interested lay people would find it helpful as well.
Features: The first section presents the basics of medical terminology, the second covers the 10 body systems, the third is a review with chapter tests, and the fourth includes appendixes with medical abbreviations, a pharmacology overview, Spanish pronunciations, words and their meanings, English terms and their corresponding word parts, and answers to the chapter tests. Each chapter begins with content and objectives, and contains quick tips, exercises, colored text that resembles marker highlighting, four-color images, and other didactic aids to reinforce learning. For a short course in medical terminology, this book is very thorough and detailed, making for an enjoyable reading experience.
Assessment: This excellent book is highly recommended for any student going into healthcare. College/university and public libraries would find it a valuable resource as well.
LouAnn Schraffenberger
This book is an instructional text for medical terminology. Accompanying software is used to help the student learn to pronounce the words as well as read and write them. The purpose is to provide a text for students who must acquire an understanding of medical terminology in a short time period. The book can be used as a self-paced, independent study text or the book can be used in a classroom. The book would be useful as companion text when a student is studying anatomy and physiology or introduction to medical science. Anyone pursuing a career in allied health or medicine would find this book useful. It would also be beneficial to individuals already working in the health field to improve their knowledge of medical terminology. The book begins with an orientation to medical terminology and the use of suffixes, prefixes, and combining word forms. The subsequent chapters are organized by body system. Each chapter has substantial material in addition to programmed study sections and lists of word parts. It appears the author is successful in producing a book that could make learning medical terminology as quick and easy as reasonably possible. Various methods of learning are used, including word association programming, review exercises, and comprehensive end-of-chapter reviews that serve as a self-test. Many colorful illustrations are included. Helpful material is found in the appendixes, including medical abbreviations, pharmacologic terms, and rules for forming plurals.
Julie Hosley
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. 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. 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. 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 thephoto 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. 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.
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Doody Review by Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT, AE-C(William Beaumont Hospitals):

"The book is useful for students in a short medical terminology course or as self-paced material for anyone pursuing a career in the allied health professions…For a short course in medical terminology, this book is very thorough and detailed, making for an enjoyable reading experience…This excellent book is highly recommended for any student going into healthcare. College/university and public libraries would find it a valuable resource as well."

Score: 100 5 STARS!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781437708387
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 3/15/2010
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 446
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Part One: The Basics

  1. Simplified Medical Language
  2. Suffixes and Combining Forms Made Easy
  3. Essential Prefixes and More
  4. Diagnostic Procedures and Therapeutic Interventions
  5. The Body as a Whole
  6. Part Two: Body Systems- Musculoskeletal System
  7. Circulatory System
  8. Respiratory System
  9. Digestive System
  10. Urinary System
  11. Reproductive System
  12. Integumentary System
  13. Nervous System and Psychologic Disorders
  14. Special Senses NEW!
  15. Endocrine System

Part 3: Appendixes

I. Medical Abbreviations

A. Chapter Abbreviations

B. Writing Medical Abbreviations

II. Word Parts

A. Meanings of Word Parts

B. English Terms and Corresponding Word Parts

III. Answers to Exercises

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