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Medical Terminology: A Short Course, 5e 5th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1416055181
ISBN-10: 1416055185
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 5 edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416055185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416055181
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By T. Presley on January 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book to refresh my knowledge. I had enrolled in college and wanted to test out of their Medical Terminology course. I had taken Anatomy & Physiology in the past and had worked as a medical secretary in a hospital so I was looking to feel more confident with my word knowledge. This book was easy to follow and was very helpful. It has a lot of diagrams and pictures to give visual aids. I took the exam and passed.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Julie Myr on October 10, 2009
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I just received this book and think it's great. I'd taken med. term. years ago and ordered this as a brush-up course for myself (I do medical transcription).

So far, the only complaint I have is the visual CD, where somebody tried to be a little too creative with the coloring.

The computer exercises are great and give good explanations and examples--if you can SEE them! Some terms are written in dark blue against a dark brown background! What the heck were they thinking? And other terms are actually BROWN on a brown background! What?? I keep having to move my head around to view the screen from different angles in order to read the terms. It is extremely annoying and distracting.

It should have been done in clear colors, dark text on light background. Learning medical terminology is not the time to get cute with "fancy" designs! Big mistake.

Outside of that, the book seems good. I have a problem with some of the pronunciations. For example, "acute" = ah-KUT. Does that rhyme with "cut"? No, but if you didn't know better, you could think it does.

However, out of 100, I'd give the book itself a 98, at least. In one of the reviews here, someone thought there was too much attention paid to illustrations. I actually like the pictures. Hearing a doctor say the patient wears a CPAP machine at night is one thing but seeing what it looks like (if you're unfamiliar with them) is something else (p. 163). I think the illustrations are helpful for understanding terms.

All in all, I recommend the book, but next time, Davi-Ellen, you may want to more closely oversee the people working on the visuals for your accompanying CD! (I still have an anatomy and physiology book written by Davi-Ellen Chabner called The Language of Medicine from almost 20 yrs ago when I learned medical transcription, which was also a good book.)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lori JP on March 29, 2008
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I have learned a lot reading this book. I work in medical records and transcribe dictations and this has really helped me a lot in this area being that I have no medical terminology knowledge at all. I love the CD that comes with it, you can take test over and over on it. It's awesome.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By N. Le on June 30, 2006
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This book is great for anybody who study by themself without register to any medical terminology classes. It is easy to follow, understand, and remember. aslo, there are a lot of practices that help us really getting in to it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jamus Dean on April 29, 2009
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This is a required text for the PA program I'll be attending and a decent book. This is a review session in med. term. for me, but the author includes anatomy pictures and descriptions of surgical procedures for the reader to supplement the wave of medical jargon/Latin coming at them. Very short - only 5 chapters, I believe - but it gets right to the point after a chapter of introduction to the language.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 19, 2009
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I bought this book to help reinforce the online course that I was taking. The exercises are great and use a building block approach which breaks down the terminology into the roots and stems of the words. This makes it easy to get a real understanding of the terminology and be able to build as you get into the harder words. The enclosed CD is also great! It's like having an instructor in your home.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Chow on July 30, 2011
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I'm definitely not big on reading books that go on paragraph by paragraph for the entire way and for those rare gems, like this book, I'm very glad it isn't. Every chapter ends with some review and as you continue your way through the chapters, they build on each other through the exercises. So even if you may have forgotten something early on, you'll very likely keep coming back to the word and you will remember it. The chapters teaches the roots/ suffixes with great pictures and relevance bit by bit at a time so it does not make you feel overwhelmed at all. I highly recommend this book and I'm anxious to take my medical competency exam soon. Hope it works well for you all too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RN to Be on February 17, 2007
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As a Sales Manager looking to get into nursing this is a great introductory book! Highly recommended.
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