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Medical Terminology For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Beverley Henderson , Jennifer Lee Dorsey
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Book Description

Confused by medical terms? Don’t know a carcinoma from ahematoma? Medical Terminology For Dummies gets you up tospeed quickly on medical terminology fundamentals and helps youmaster medical definitions, pronunciations, and applications acrossall health care fields. Once you understand medical prefixes,suffixes, and root words, you’ll approach even unfamiliarmedical terms with confidence.

This plain-English guide to language that can be just plainconfusing clears up the meanings of the Greek and Latin sources ofmedical terms. You’ll get a handle on how these mouthfuls areconstructed, and discover how to decipher any medical term, nomatter how complex or unusual. You’ll also get plenty of helpin pronouncing and remembering medical words, and you’ll findout how and why the terminology changes from hospital to laboratoryto pharmacy. You’ll discover how to:

  • Understand word foundations and origins
  • Grasp the essential meanings of unfamiliar terms
  • Define common prefixes and suffixes
  • Identify and pronounce medical terms
  • Deconstruct words to grasp definitions
  • Use plurals and multiples with ease
  • Describe medical conditions accurately
  • Bone up on terms that describe the anatomy
  • Use mnemonic devices to remember medical terms
  • Know when words refer to diseases, injuries, treatments, andmore
  • Use medical terminology in the real world

Complete with a list of essential references on medicalterminology as well as helpful word-building activities MedicalTerminology For Dummies puts you in the know in notime.

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The fun and easy way to understand, pronounce, and apply medical terminology

Don't know a carcinoma from a hematoma? This friendlyguide gets you up to speed quickly on medical terminology fundamentals, helping you master definitions, pronunciations, and applications across all medical fields. Once you understand medical prefixes, suffixes, and root words, you'll approach even unfamiliar medical terms with confidence.

  • Recognize common root words — identify words that apply to body regions, organs, anatomy, and pathology

  • Pronounce and use terms with ease —grasp the phonics of medical terms and understand the context of words, from hospital to pharmacy to test lab

  • Break words down — understand unfamiliar words by defining their elements and recombining them; and get familiar with prefixes and suffixes, plurals and multiples

  • Get a handle on anatomy and systems — bone up on terms that describe and are related to the body's systems, from skeletal and muscular to gastrointestinal and endocrine

  • Learn the lingo — familiarize yourself with common terms used in the ER, OR, pharmacy, and lab

  • Get to the source— understand Greek and Latin sources of medical terms

Open the book and find:

  • Tips for understanding unfamiliar medical terms

  • Explanations of Greek and Latin roots and structures

  • Definitions of common prefixes and suffixes

  • Guidance in pronouncing medical terms

  • Word roots commonly used in hospitals, pharmacies, and labs

  • Terms for diseases, lab tests, and medications

  • Useful mnemonic devices

  • Helpful word-building activities

About the Author

Beverley Henderson, CMT, has 35 years of medical terminology and transcription experience in a hospital setting, and has taught and developed curricula for Medical Terminology courses at the college level.

Jennifer Dorsey is a writer, editor, and author of several books.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1728 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (April 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026LTMBY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,700 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Desk Reference and Study Guide May 29, 2009
As a nursing student, I have to put a ton of time into memorizing anatomical terms and the names of different medical conditions. Medical Terminology For Dummies really helped me through some of my courses as a desk reference because it has really quick and easy-to-remember definitions, a plus when you're having to study for an exam and your textbooks are thousands of pages long. I would definitely recommend this book to medical and nursing students, and others in the medical community that need a handy and easy-to-use desk reference.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terminology course life saver! May 27, 2009
By Cali
This book was integral to my success in completing my terminology course. The sections on breaking down words and learning how to organize the body in a logical and smart way were a major help in my preparation. I will definitely look to for dummies in the future when I need a good reference!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't put it down May 11, 2011
By Minzz
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I got this book because I am changing careers and learning Medical billing. I am taking a Coding class right now and thought I would learn Terminology on my own time to help with the class Im taking.....and I cannot putthis book down, it is so EASY to read and understand, and this is from someone who knows nothing about Medical Terms. I love this book, and it is really helping me undersstand my current classwork.

I would recommend everyone going into this field to buy this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! April 19, 2011
By RaeRae
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I am studying to become an MT and was quite daunted by learning medical terminology. (It really is a foreign language.) This book broke down medical terminology in an easy-to-understand format. I would recommend this book to anyone needing to learn medical terminology on their own.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice and Simple way to refresh your knowledge May 3, 2011
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In my past life I had been a Certified Athletic Trainer, and had taken medical terminology very early in my career. But I have been a science teacher for 10 years and now find myself lacking work. Thus thoughts of a allied health career again prompted me to purchase this book. I bought the kindle version. This after many years of not working with these terms on a daily basis was the perfect solution to start up again. This book is nice and simple to refresh oneself in (or learn new) medical terminology, worth getting to warm up again. Get the more intense books etc after this one to move forward in one's level of medical terminology.
Great buy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading December 21, 2010
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This book really breaks the terms down and shows you how the words are put together. It makes it easier to rember all the terms if you understand how each part has a meaning. Good for anyone learning medical terms.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They've done it again July 29, 2010
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I don't own one single Dummies book that I have not been impressed with. You will love the author, although this is a somewhat serious subject, she makes it fun to learn and I have giggled out loud in areas reading it. I bought this to help with teaching my students. I teach Herbalism and it's important to understand Medical Terminology to safe guard the patient and yourself when practicing. Medications and herbs can cause adverse reactions or kill the effects of medicines and that would be a bad thing. So, to be good at what you are doing, know all that you can and what you can't remember, Have a good book on hand. Knowledge is power, and with great power is great responsibility so respect it and know where to find the knowledge. You will enjoy learning from this book and it takes a serious subject and puts it into prospective for you in an easy unconfusing way.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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What I mean by 'typical 'Dummies' book', is that there's quite a lot of fluff -- of this type: "[new term introduced] ... I know, it sounds a lot like [pick one: a new dance step. the name of a band. a delicious dessert.] But it's really not!" Cute, but pretty extraneous. As always, though, I adore Rich Tenant's cartoons. I don't know how he can pull off so many truly funny single-panel cartoons on *so many* different topics. (He does the cartoons for every 'Dummies' book I've read. Which has apparently been way too many.)

This book on medical terminology specifically also has *far* more repetition than is really helpful. Repetition is a good thing pedagogically; but what the author has chosen to repeat is to a great extent the terms one has already learned from watching endless re-runs of 'Scrubs'. I'd have preferred that the repetition be saved for the more obscure and/or conceptually difficult terms.

The Kindle format is brilliant for books like this, on account of the integrated dictionary. Not only does the New Oxford American Dictionary include quite a lot of medical terms (far more than expected; it's pretty cool); if there's an unfamiliar term *within* the dictionary definition, one can place the cursor next to *it* for a definition -- and still return to the main text by clicking the 'back' button. Sweet. I have loved not having to pop up to grab the giant American Heritage off the shelf for the purpose of double-checking those word histories that I'm curious about -- or for double-checking medical terms I 'make up' to test my comprehension as I read.

My one serious criticism of the Kindle version of the text regards table formatting -- which is extremely important in this book.
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