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Medical Terminology: A Short Course, 5e [Paperback]

Davi-Ellen Chabner BA MAT
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September 30, 2008 1416055185 978-1416055181 5
Quickly master the basics of medical terminology and begin speaking and writing terms almost immediately! Based on Davi Chabner's effective learning methods, this book's straightforward approach omits time-consuming, nonessential information and focuses on helping you actively build a working vocabulary of the most frequently encountered suffixes, prefixes, and word roots. Terms are introduced in the context of human anatomy and physiology to help you understand exactly what they mean, and case studies and vignettes throughout the book demonstrate how they're used in practice. With all this plus NEW animations and games on the companion CD, you'll be amazed at how easily medical terminology becomes part of your vocabulary.
  • Self-teaching text/workbook approach reinforces learning every step of the way with labeling diagrams, pronunciation tests, and review sheets throughout the book.
  • Simple, clear, non-technical explanations of terms demystify medical terminology even if you've had little or no background in medicine or science.
  • UNIQUE Medical Scramble activity challenges you to unscramble the letters of terms - a fun way to improve your spelling accuracy and word recognition.
  • UNIQUE Medical Detective activity on the student CD presents scenarios with missing information that you must locate in order to correctly answer questions.
  • Case studies and vignettes illustrate real-life applications of medical terms.
  • UNIQUE Illustrations in the Spanish glossary include labels in both English and Spanish to help you understand terms you are likely to encounter in the health care setting.
  • Additional online student resources on the companion Evolve website include extra quizzes, an English-Spanish glossary of over 5,000 terms, and the Body Spectrum Electronic Anatomy Coloring Book program.
  • New audio CD packaged with the text provides correct pronunciations of terms and definitions.
  • The improved student CD packaged with the text offers even more interactive ways to learn, featuring NEW Archie MD animations, fun games, labeling exercises, Medical Detective activities, and an image glossary.
  • Spotlights highlight easily confused medical terms to improve your ability to distinguish the meanings of terms.
  • Picture Show activities present an image of a condition, disorder, or structure, followed by a series of questions about the image, giving you the opportunity to apply what you've learned.
  • More NEW, updated photos of pathology familiarize you with medical conditions and associated terminology.

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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: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great except for visual CD design 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and an Amazing Way to Learn 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Medical Terminology: Short Course August 1, 2011
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Very Helpful for Everyone in Health Care:
I wish I had this book in nursing school! This book stands out mainly because author constantly gives reference to relevant symptoms, procedures, labs, anatomy to every single medical term she introduces. This way, there is a higher chance readers will absorb, and retain information. Thanks to Davi-Ellen lady, I no longer have to memorize some medical words. I can actually understand them, and can apply them as I read medical literature.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Medical Terminology by Chabner with student CD May 12, 2009
Format:Paperback
Well illustrated with lots of color illustrations. Easy to read and understand text. Diagrams are clear and concise. Interactive learn by doing text provides many opportunities to apply what the student has just learned. CD (included with text) provided additional info and video clips.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick Medical Terminology April 29, 2009
Format:Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Medical Terminology book with cd May 20, 2011
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I love this book - just what I needed! and the cd is great to listen to and learn on my 45 minute trip to school every day. Thanks!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! October 26, 2010
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This book is very helpful.
Well written and explained with both words and pictures.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
nice book, low price.
Published 5 days ago by Shaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
Very straight forward and a good workbook to get started with if you have no clue about medical terminology. Was impressed.
Published 1 month ago by June
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for School.
Learn the basics in this book. It's very easy with this book even without a teacher. It really helped me.
Published 2 months ago by K.B
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful tool
Easy to comprehend, useful book to jump start your medical terminology or to freshen up. The books title "a short course" sums it up well!
Published 3 months ago by Tiffany Pennington
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This book is both a textbook and a workbook. Easy to read and chapter reviews help in retaining the material very easily by using a written test format. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Shirley Hernandez-Arce
4.0 out of 5 stars review
Almost five stars but it came without the cd.Or it would have been perfect.thanks maybe next time it will be great.
Published 4 months ago by Leslie Dubon
1.0 out of 5 stars good condition?
This book is not in good condition!
It is heavily used!
Instead of 2 CDs I found only 1!!!
Bad surprise
Published 5 months ago by Mauro Luigi Drago
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book is good. It simplifies everything, and the interactive disc is awesome as well. The detailed vibrant pictures also help you to actually want to study the book.
Published 8 months ago by Toya
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
The book is ok it came on time but I was especting the CD's Also for a better under standing
Published 9 months ago by Francisco
5.0 out of 5 stars This edition has the computer exercises on CD, not a keycode for web...
I have found that the computer exercises on CD work far, far better than the web access code. The web access code leads you into a buggy, crashing and disappointing experience that... Read more
Published 9 months ago by David P. Squillace
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