Medical Terminology: A Short Course 7th Edition
I wrote the first edition of Medical Terminology: A Short Course more than 25 yearsago with the hope that it would fill a specific niche in the education of allied health professionals. My goal was to present a comprehensive introduction and overview of medical terminology in a straightforward and easy manner for students who had no previous background in biology or medicine. It is gratifying to know that this book is now widely used in career schools, colleges, hospitals, and other medical settings in the United States and abroad, where allied health workers use medical language and interpret it for patients and their families. There is no doubt that the method used in Medical Terminology: A Short Course takes potentially complicated subject matter and makes it manageable and understandable. In
this seventh edition, the text has been updated and carefully reviewed for clarity, simplicity, and practicality, but its essential elements remain. Here are its important features:
WORKBOOK-TEXT FORMAT. In this book, you learn by doing. On nearly every page you are writing and interacting with medical terminology.
You complete exercises (and check your answers), label diagrams, test your understanding with review sheets, and practice pronunciation. The best path to success is to write terms and their meanings as you test yourself. I really believe this method of learning will work for you!
EASY TO READ AND UNDERSTAND. Explanations of terms are worded simply and clearly, and repetition reinforces learning throughout the text. Answers to questions are located easily so that you can check and correct your responses while gaining additional explanation of terminology.
DYNAMIC ILLUSTRATIONS AND PHOTOGRAPHS. Medical terms come alive with images on nearly every page! Learning is reinforced by seeing parts of the body, diseases, conditions and real medical procedures. At the end of each chapter, “Picture Shows” highlight key images and allow you to apply your knowledge of terminology.
INTRODUCTION TO BODY SYSTEMS. Appendix 1 includes the following five sections:
• Anatomy—shows full-color images of each body system, labeled for easy reference with combining forms for each body part.
• Terminology—repeats each combining form and gives a medical term illustrating the use of the combining form. Definitions are in the Mini-Dictionary at the end of the book.
• Pathology—presents explanations of disease conditions related to each body system.
• Diagnostic and Treatment Procedures—explains and defines common examples for each body system.
• Matching Exercises—tests your understanding of the material, with answers included.
REFERENCE GUIDE FOR MEDICAL AND HOSPITAL WORK. This book is also a useful resource. Diagnostic Tests and Procedures (radiological, nuclear medicine, and clinical and laboratory tests) are found in Appendix 2. Abbreviations, symbols, acronyms, and eponyms are located in Appendix 3. The Mini-Dictionary helps you study each chapter and also will be a reference for you in the workplace. Each definition has crafted carefully to explain terms using plain, nontechnical language.
PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS. Throughout the text, and on the Student Evolve website, you will find exciting images, medical case reports, and vignettes that illustrate terminology in the context of stories about patients and procedures. Medical Detective is a special feature on the Evolve website. A medical case is presented, and you answer questions to test your understanding of the situation.
CHAPTER 1 BASIC WORD STRUCTURE 1
In Person: Living with Type 1 Diabetes 21
CHAPTER 2 ORGANIZATION OF THE BODY 47
In Person: CT and MRI 64
CHAPTER 3 SUFFIXES 85
In Person: Gallbladder Stones 106
CHAPTER 4 PREFIXES 129
In Person: Total Knee Replacement (TKR) 149
CHAPTER 5 MEDICAL SPECIALISTS AND CASE REPORTS 175
In Person: Living with Crohn’s 195
APPENDIX 1 BODY SYSTEMS 215
APPENDIX 2 DIAGNOSTIC TESTS AND PROCEDURES 295
APPENDIX 3 ABBREVIATIONS, ACRONYMS, SYMBOLS,
AND EPONYMS 313
APPENDIX 4 ALLIED HEALTH CAREERS 331
GLOSSARY 1 MINI-DICTIONARY 341
GLOSSARY 2 GLOSSARY OF WORD PARTS 375
GLOSSARY 3 GLOSSARY OF ENGLISH—SPANISH TERMS 393
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