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Medical Terminology: A Short Course, 5e Paperback – September 30, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1416055181 ISBN-10: 1416055185 Edition: 5th

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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 (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very helpful. excellent material, easy to understand.
Melonie Hope Prior
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.
Jeffrey Chow
I bought this book to help reinforce the online course that I was taking.
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16 of 16 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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7 of 7 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By canadian nurse on 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 By Miranda Ballentyne on May 12, 2009
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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 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angel in Abundance on 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 By Better on 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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