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Collins Medical Dictionary and Health Guide
     

Collins Medical Dictionary and Health Guide

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by Edward R., M.D. Burns M.D.
 

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Includes conventional and alternative medicine

Up-to-date, accurate information is essential when it comes to the health and well-being of you and your loved ones. Collins Medical Dictionary and Health Guide places that information at your fingertips.

Written in layman's language, this easy-to-use A to Z reference provides

Overview

Includes conventional and alternative medicine

Up-to-date, accurate information is essential when it comes to the health and well-being of you and your loved ones. Collins Medical Dictionary and Health Guide places that information at your fingertips.

Written in layman's language, this easy-to-use A to Z reference provides clear, concise definitions and descriptions of virtually every known ailment and condition, as well as medical procedures and treatments, and will end the confusion and frustration most people experience when faced with jargon and technical terms, enabling them to make better, more informed healthcare decisions.

Collins Medical Dictionary and Health Guide is the only dictionary to include a wide range of terms from alternative and complementary medicine.

The Health Guide section presents essential informationnot found in other dictionaries, including —

  • a schedule of life-saving screenings and tests

  • how to check up on healthcare providers

  • signs and symptoms of common medical conditions

  • immunizations you need when you travel

  • and much, much more

With a pronunciation guide, useful illustrations and charts, and more than 10,000 entries, Collins Medical Dictionary and Health Guide is a must-have medical reference for you and your family.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060725624
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/25/2006
Series:
Lynn Sonberg Bks.
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
627,175
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.08(d)

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Collins Medical Dictionary and Health Guide


By Edward Burns

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright ©2006 Edward Burns
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060725621

Introduction

Medical care in the twenty-first century is extraordinarily complex and sophisticated. As consumers of health care, it is easy to become confused and frustrated as you try to wade through the jargon and terminology used by your health-care providers and by the media -- often in seemingly contradictory ways. But when it comes to your health and that of your family, you want and need accurate, clear information that can help you better understand a symptom or ailment or that can assist you in making informed decisions. The goal of this dictionary and health consumer guide is to help increase your understanding and knowledge of health-related terms, conditions, procedures, and tests so you can, in turn, improve the quality of your life and that of your loved ones.

Here is a handy, comprehensive, and user-friendly resource to help you decipher and make sense of unfamiliar terms and medical-related matters in language that everyone can understand. Our goal has been to use language that is not so simplistic that it loses the essence of the material being presented, but not so technical that it cannot be grasped by a layperson. To that end, the dictionary and tables have been designed to equip you with the vocabulary and knowledge tobetter understand your health-care providers and to ask them appropriate questions.

This book is divided into two sections. The first and main section is a dictionary. It consists of more than ten thousand words and phrases and their definitions -- terms you may encounter every day while dealing with health-care providers or medical facilities, or when interacting with any of the numerous forms of media that report health-related information. For your convenience, pronunciations are provided, as are plural forms of words in some cases. The second section is a consumer health guide, which consists of sixteen tables that cover a wide range of information you can use to maintain or improve your health -- from vaccination schedules for infants to how to prepare an advance directive. These two sections complement each other: there are cross-references to the tables throughout the dictionary sections, and terms and phrases you will find in the consumer health guide can be found in the dictionary.

Health care is an ever-evolving and organic field, presenting us with new terms, diseases, procedures, and products and fresh ways to look at familiar ones. Our understanding and appreciation of these things need to change as technology and research bring new information to the forefront. This book can help you and your family navigate through this information and feel more confident when you must confront health-care issues. At the same time, it is critical that you establish a relationship with licensed health-care practitioners for both preventive health maintenance and treatment whenever necessary.

The inclusion of any trademarked and/or patented items in this book does not constitute an endorsement. They are included solely because they enjoy widespread use or are terms you may encounter. Similarly, exclusion of any such items from the book does not mean they are in any way inferior to the ones that are mentioned.

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Collins Medical Dictionary and Health Guide 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great to have around the house. Any medical term you can think of is in here so you don't have to go asking a doctor or searching on the internet for answers. The book is very easy to read and understand. You won't need and english dictionary to understand this dictionary. I would strongly recommend it.