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Medical Terminology: A Living Language (5th Edition) Paperback – Feb 7 2012
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This is the exact book sold at the Stanton bookstore that sells for over $100. However, it does not include the instructional cd. I wished that was disclosed before I purchased it. That said, you will have to make an additional purchase if you want it. That information is given on the back cover. I opted not to purchase the cd.
(1) Less redundant
(2) More visual and more colorful - it includes photographs as well as artwork and medical imaging (X-rays, MRI's, scanning electron micrographs, etc.)
(3) Aims to teach you more anatomy, physiology, and pathology - it's not super-detailed, but I think it does give a pretty good overview
(4) More of a traditional textbook (whereas "Quick Medical Terminology" was more like a workbook)
Each body system is presented as a different chapter. The first page of each chapter describes the functions of that system, the organs comprising the system, and lists related prefixes, combining forms, and suffixes. It's a pretty handy cheat sheet if you're short on time, but are able to think on your own (some people require actual word examples, while others are able to take the parts and synthesize them together into a whole on their own).
The chapter review has a more comprehensive terminology checklist if you want more specific review, as well as various exercises with which to test yourself. I especially like the "Medical Record Analysis" and "Chart Note Transcription," where you basically have to decipher whatever someone else has written, or else re-write the layperson language using proper medical terminology. It's a little more fun than fill-in-the-blank and matching, and presumably, it gives you some practice with charting, which I assume your career will involve if you're taking a medical terminology class.
I like the way the book is organized in general.
(1) The font and size are easy to read.
(2) Many things are listed in table form, and the tables themselves are very clean-looking.
(3) There are "Med Term Tips" in the margins relating the terms you're learning to real-world things.
(4) New terms to be introduced in the following section are listed directly under the section heading. They let you know what to expect, and what you should have learned after finishing reading that section. The terms are bolded here, and within the text.
I have not yet used the included CD, and don't know if I plan to, since I feel that the book does a pretty good job of explaining things, and for anything else, I can consult the internet.
Overall, based on the format, visuals, and incorporation of real-world applications, I feel that this book is more practical, higher yield, and a better investment than "Quick Medical Terminology."
The only "bad" thing is that it's kind of awkward to study it at work or some other public place, as there are lots of pictures of naked people and gross-looking pathologies. =P
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