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The Language of Medicine, 8th Edition, shows you how to analyze and understand the meanings of medical terms in a way that makes sense-by breaking terms down into smaller word parts and clearly explaining them in relation to human anatomy, physiology, and pathology. Extensive hands-on practice, repetition, and case studies let you learn by doing-writing terms, labeling diagrams, and completing comprehensive, practical exercises.

Brings terminology to life with dynamic, three-dimensional illustrations, compelling clinical photographs, realistic medical cases, and laboratory and x-ray reports. Keeps it simple through the use of clear, nontechnical explanations of terms. Promotes active learning and teaches you how to study with a wealth of hands-on exercises. Follows a logical progression, from introductory chapters on word analysis, to an exploration of each body system.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Susan A Trombley, AAS, RRT (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: The eighth edition of The Language of Medicine continues to be a valued asset for those in the medical field. It is written in simple, nontechnical language making terminology and concepts easy to understand.
Purpose: This edition continues its high standards in educating students. It is a valuable teaching tool with which instructors can guide their students on a more visual approach to learning medical terminology.
Audience: The author's goal "is to help students learn and instructors teach." It has been 31 years since the first edition was published and this book continues to speak to students of all backgrounds and levels by engaging them in an active learning experience. The author is an expert in medical terminology.
Features: This is not the typical medical terminology textbook. It connects medical terminology to real life by incorporating scenarios and medical cases. Each chapter is divided into the different systems of the body which gives the reader an understanding of anatomy. Full color diagrams enable the learner to visualize what they are reading and enhance understanding of anatomy, physiology, and pathology. Each area of the chapter is designed to give the student the utmost learning experience. A review sheet at the end of each chapter helps students with self assessment. Also available with this book is a CD-ROM that has additional activities to test student knowledge. The many illustrations and exercises reinforce new concepts.
Assessment: The eighth edition is more visually dynamic than its predecessor. This book continues to hold its high standards with its newly incorporated revisions. This would be a valuable asset to any program requiring medical terminology and for public and college/university libraries as well.
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"It is important for today's healthcare practitioners to understand the correct meaning and use of medical terminology...The clinical importance of language is made clear throughout the book. The terminology comes to life with practical application sections and with case studies that discuss a range of medical conditions and procedures. This is a well-presented and challenging workbook that will be usefulfor established practitioners as well as students."

Nursing Standard, November 2013

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416034926
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Series: Language of Medicine Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 1056
  • Product dimensions: 8.64 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 1.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Basic Word Structure 1
Ch. 2 Terms Pertaining to the Body as a Whole 31
Ch. 3 Suffixes 75
Ch. 4 Prefixes 109
Ch. 5 Digestive System 139
Ch. 6 Additional Suffixes and Digestive System Terminology 185
Ch. 7 Urinary System 213
Ch. 8 Female Reproductive System 253
Ch. 9 Male Reproductive System 305
Ch. 10 Nervous System 333
Ch. 11 Cardiovascular System 383
Ch. 12 Respiratory System 441
Ch. 13 Blood System 487
Ch. 14 Lymphatic and Immune Systems 529
Ch. 15 Musculoskeletal System 559
Ch. 16 Skin 629
Ch. 17 Sense Organs: The Eye and the Ear 669
Ch. 18 Endocrine System 719
Ch. 19 Cancer Medicine (Oncology) 769
Ch. 20 Radiology and Nuclear Medicine 817
Ch. 21 Pharmacology 849
Ch. 22 Psychiatry 887
Glossary 925
App. I 949
App. II 951
App. III 961
App. IV 965
Index 969
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  • Posted August 1, 2009


    lol.. awesome awesome book! It is so easy to read & understand!! And because there are study sections, exercises, answers to the excersices, built-in review sheets, fill-in the blanks, and a glossary of medical word parts to english & vise versa, this book is THE BEST way to learn & memorize medical terminology!

    Neeeded it for my class, but noticed that it's a great book for self teaching as well! Shoot, if i would have know of this book before i took the class, i could have save myself a couple hundrerd dollars!!!!

    This book shed so much light of the medical field for me, just from understanding the TERMS!!! It is also a great book for FUTURE REFERENCES! if you're a student in the medical field, NEVER GIVE UP THIS BOOK! lol And for those wanting to touch up on the terms... AWESOME to use as a quiz book because of the more-than-plenty fill-in-the-blanks through out the book... =)

    I DO plan on buying another & future editions that may come out while I am in school... can never go wrong when testing your knowledge!!! =)

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Do Not Recommend!!

    Ordered textbook 8-29. Pd extra for 3-6 day delivery. Should have received 9-8. Sent email to inquire about delivery. Never received a response. Talked to BN. They tried to help, but seller said was lost in transit. They did not provide BN with a tracking number. They said I should receive it by 9-15 so BN instructed me to wait. (Was not happy about this since was a needed textbook, not something to be read at leisure.) Emailed BN on 9-19 to request refund and they are giving it. If I could leave zero stars, I would. Worst results ever with a third party seller. I just looked at the stars. I wish I would have read reviews because this has happened to several people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

    great book!

    I was going to take the class just for fun with this book, but after reading through it and working on the exercises, I saved myself lots of money. You learn lots on your own with this book, didn't even need the class. I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Should have been The Joy Of The Body & How It Works

    This book was a great asset as a precurser to anatomy & physiology. Along with the CD one is not only able to attain medical terminology but grasp the comprehension of where, what, & how this term effects the body.

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