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Using Medical Terminology, 2nd Edition

Using medical terminology 2By

  • Judi L Nath PhD Department of Biology, Lourdes College, Sandusky, OH

Medical Terminology can be like a foreign language, as these terms of not part of everyday vocabulary. The approach used inUsing Medical Terminology, 2e is to immerse you in the language, similar to how you’d learn a foreign language. Terms are learned in context, which helps to better understand and remember them. And, information is provided in more manageable units as opposed to longer, harder to digest sections. Combined with a number of critical features that help you practice, Using Medical Terminology is designed to help you read, review, and practice, so you are well prepared to enter the workforce.
New to this Edition

  • The number of exercises has expanded greatly, providing more opportunity to practice and review.
  • The design for the second edition has been improved to make the text more appealing and much easier to use.
  • The overall writing has been made even more student-friendly to help comprehension of medical terms without getting lost in scientific writing.
  • The art program has been improved so that figure labels are less cluttered and include only those medical terms introduced in the chapter. The number of photographs has also increased significantly.
  • Two new chapters, Oncology and Gerontology, have been included. In addition, former chapters 5 and 6, Skeletal System and Articulations, have been combined into one cohesive chapter, Skeletal System: Bones and Joints.

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Key Features

  • Objectives: each chapter begins with learning objectives, which are goals to guide you toward success in the course
  • Professional Profile: each chapter highlights a specific career in the Professional Profile by introducing you to a person working in a healthcare field related to the chapter’s content. You encounter the person again at the end of the chapter in the case study and medical report.
  • Medical Term Parts tables: this table consists of word parts and a list of word elements that are relevant to the chapter
  • Word Grouping & Word Building Exercises: word grouping exercises require you to identify the word part for each definition and word building exercises allow you to gain practical experience with the word parts you are learning
  • Key Terms: the key terms for each block of narrative appear in a table with their pronunciations and definitions
  • Key Terms Practice: key terms practice questions reinforce your understanding of newly introduced terms, focusing on contextual definitions and spelling
  • Common Abbreviations: this table lists common abbreviations introduced in the chapter and includes practice exercises
  • Life Span: this section contains information on developmental anatomy and physiology and significant alterations seen throughout human life
  • In the News: this feature takes a story from the popular media and offers another opportunity to put the chapter’s medical terminology in context
  • Case Studies with Questions: the healthcare professional introduced at the beginning of the chapter is followed as he/she treats a patient. Each case study emphasizes the relevance of medical terminology to professional practice.
  • Real World Reports with Questions: this feature uses a medical report compiled for the patient introduced in the case study to demonstrate how medical terms are used in clinical practice
  • Review and Application Questions: each chapter ends with a variety of exercises for recall, concept analysis, application, and critical thinking


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