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  • Paperback: 820 pages
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 3 edition (April 22 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781744032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830637775
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 15.4 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,461,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hulett on May 14 2004
Format: Paperback
In reading the other review here, I get the feeling the reviewer isn't using this book correctly. The stated purpose and intent of each of the Stedman's word books is, quoting the publisher's preface, "to the wordsmiths of the healthcare professions---medical transcriptionists, medical editors and copy editors," etc. In doing medical transcription, I have *never* had to abbreviate "mercury," as transcription must be clear as possible. Mercury should always be spelled out. Even a common medical term like KCl (which *is* found in this book under K) must be spelled out as "potassium chloride." That is the unsurpassed value of the Stedman's word books.
This is one of their books that I use quite frequently. When listening to dictation, acronyms are often used and are sometimes required to be spelled out even when dictated as an acronym. This book is loaded with hundreds of pages of acronyms and their meanings. Also, if a doctor's "F" sounds like "S" or "B" sounds like "V," this book is extremely helpful in eliminating possible acronyms to find the correct one, because it lists not just the letters ("SUV" for standard uptake value, for example, and no entry for "FUV") but the meaning also.
This book may not be much use for students in medical school, I don't know; but it beautifully meets its stated intent, and that is for MTs, etc., as stated above. Just as a telephone directory may be no use in giving demographics of any given neighborhood, that is not its purpose; giving chemical symbols for the various elements is not the purpose of a book of acronyms to be used in transcription and medical copywriting/editing/proofreading etc.
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If you already know the abbreviation you need, this book is ok. If you need to know an abbreviation you are NOT going to like this book. For instance, need to know how to abbreviation mercury? If you don't know it starts with H...good luck. No index in the back listing mercury...page etc etc. Would have been nice.
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Book arrived in near pristine condition-couldn't be happy. Chalked full of all the Medical abbreviations you can imagine in one book. Stedman's is my publisher of choice when it comes to anything medical.
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By Lorie Obie on Oct. 15 2014
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very fast!
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Stedman's word books necessary for transcription May 14 2004
By Brian Hulett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In reading the other review here, I get the feeling the reviewer isn't using this book correctly. The stated purpose and intent of each of the Stedman's word books is, quoting the publisher's preface, "to the wordsmiths of the healthcare professions---medical transcriptionists, medical editors and copy editors," etc. In doing medical transcription, I have *never* had to abbreviate "mercury," as transcription must be clear as possible. Mercury should always be spelled out. Even a common medical term like KCl (which *is* found in this book under K) must be spelled out as "potassium chloride." That is the unsurpassed value of the Stedman's word books.
This is one of their books that I use quite frequently. When listening to dictation, acronyms are often used and are sometimes required to be spelled out even when dictated as an acronym. This book is loaded with hundreds of pages of acronyms and their meanings. Also, if a doctor's "F" sounds like "S" or "B" sounds like "V," this book is extremely helpful in eliminating possible acronyms to find the correct one, because it lists not just the letters ("SUV" for standard uptake value, for example, and no entry for "FUV") but the meaning also.
This book may not be much use for students in medical school, I don't know; but it beautifully meets its stated intent, and that is for MTs, etc., as stated above. Just as a telephone directory may be no use in giving demographics of any given neighborhood, that is not its purpose; giving chemical symbols for the various elements is not the purpose of a book of acronyms to be used in transcription and medical copywriting/editing/proofreading etc.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Great reference book Nov. 30 2006
By C. J. Snow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have been a medical transcriptionist for more than 40 years - have taught this class in college - and was a hospital supervisor for many years.

I just ordered this newest edition and am sure that I will refer to it often as I have the older editions in the past. It is a wonderful reference book and a very important one in today's world ---with more and more abbreviations constantly being used.

*** Thought I would mention -- that mmHg is a very acceptable term - in fact, it is the preferred way to type (millimeters Mercury). I can say that the Medical Record's Departments of all four of the hospitals I have worked at (or have been the transcription supervisor at) would correct us --if we didn't write it this way. This can readily be realized by reading a few medical journals......

Again - this is a wonderful book - but remember to keep getting updated versions - as more and more abbreviations and acronyms are constantly being used.

C.J.Snow
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Major asset to my business. Feb. 20 2007
By Cathy Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have a medical transcription service out of my home, and I could not do my job without this book. Everyone abbreviates these days. A necessity.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Another Stedman must have! Jan. 19 2008
By Kim Tervydis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are in the medical transcription field, you must have this book! Docs are always abbreviating things, and sometimes it can be hard to distinguish what they mean - especially for the newbie MT. It's nice to have a reference book to be able to look up the abbreviations and see if what you think it sounds like makes sense as to how it is related in the text. This was one of the first books I bought as a new MT 2 years ago, and I just purchased another one for my friend who is studying to be one. She does her practice typing and hears the doc say "Positive BS." What is that??? (Well, aside from the fact we cannot type BS) You look in the book, and there you have it - bowel sounds! :) He dictated "ABDOMEN" and you now know this does go there. This is quite a basic example, but I'm telling you this book is a lifesaver!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great reference book. Dec 9 2010
By The Baker Chick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I'm taking an on-line medical transcription course. This purchase was to help me with the medical abbreviaitons sections. However, I have found it useful throughout the course and would highly recommend it. The most used meanings for many abbreviations are hilighted in red ink. The book is surprisingly heavy, but this allows it to lay flat when open.

There are several helpful apendices: Symbols;Greek Alphabet; Elements and Their Symbols; ISMP's List of Error-Prone Abbreviations, Symbols, and Dose Designations; Weights and Measures; Professional Titles and Degrees; Professional Associations and Organizations including Government and Regulatory Agencies; Chemotherapy and Other Drug Regimens; and, finally, Clinical Trials.

No medical transciption student or practitioner should be without this reference.


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