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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.