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A Sad Excuse For A Terminology Book
on November 16, 2012
There is more glitz and less substance in this text than others.
The "clicker" program is supposed to cost students $10 for their own clicker, but the clickers actually cost $65-80 retail, and have a limited range--they are useless in a large auditorium(even when the publisher's rep was showing me, beyond the 10th row the clicker signals were not picked up by the computer console.)
There is little background provided to put the terms in context. If you want students to memorize, that is fine. However, if you want students to understand the terms, there needs to be clear anatomical and physiological material so they see the importance of the terms.
I prefer the "word building" approach. This text did not offer a solid background of the structure of words--prefixes, root words, and suffixes. No separate chapters to provide a foundation for the rest of the coursework.
The fonts used and the shiny paper make the actual text difficult to read for very long.
While another reviewer cites games on a cd, the cd in the student and teacher's editions I received had crossword puzzles, Hangman, and lots of text. Fill in the blank, answer test questions. When compared with Chabner's Language of Medicine, which has lower technology video games on the cd, and animations of physiological processes, the cd for Turley pales.
I inherited this text when another instructor became ill early in the semester and was unable to return to class. The other instructor had already printed out enough tests for the whole semester from Turley's test bank, which had numerous errors in the key(which the reader I also inherited did not like)
It was a good day when I put this book outside my office with a "free" sign on it.