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The American Heritage medical dictionary.
imprint
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., c2007.
description
xxxii, 909 p.
ISBN
0618824359, 9780618824359
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., c2007.
isbn
0618824359
9780618824359
general note
Includes index.
Rev. ed. of: The American Heritage Stedman's medical dictionary. 2nd ed. c2004.
catalogue key
6124332
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2007-06-01:
Medical terminology can be difficult to understand, especially for people with little or no medical background. This revised second edition-the book was originally published in 2004 as The American Heritage Stedman's Medical Dictionary-aims to provide nonmedical people with jargon-free definitions. The majority of the 45,000-plus entries is indeed accessible to the general public. Yet lay readers may still struggle. The dictionary would have benefited from more cross references for further reading and/or bolded terms within entries for further direction. There are appendixes encompassing measurements, a metric conversion chart, recommended daily allowances of vitamins and minerals, a periodic table, and illustrations of skeletal muscles, the skeleton, the vascular system, and the nervous system. There is also a compound-word index with bolded terms followed by every word that precedes it. For example, the entry for "bypass" includes cardiopulmonary and gastric. Bottom Line Unlike recent editions of medical dictionaries, such as Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Professions and Stedman's Medical Dictionary (not to be confused with The American Heritage Stedman's Medical Dictionary), this work contains no color illustrations. Having more illustrations, especially in color, would have enhanced its overall value. On the other hand, it is slightly more affordable than its competitors, which makes it a good purchase for public libraries, especially those with limited or no access to online medical dictionaries.-Rebecca Raszewski, Drexel Univ. Lib., Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Summaries
Main Description
New treatments, new tests, and new insights into health and disease have resulted in an unprecedented explosion in medical terminology. The American Heritage Medical Dictionary provides students, health care professionals, and general consumers interested in medical vocabulary with a comprehensive reference that reflects the most recent developments in medicine and health care delivery. More than 45,000 clear, concise definitions are included, covering diseases and conditions ( avian influenza, gender dysphoria ), treatments ( cosmeceutical, fusion inhibitor ), and microorganisms ( norovirus ). Hundreds of entries for commonly prescribed and over-the-counter medications are also featured. Informative illustrations and tables complement the text. Entries are written in a straightforward style at an appropriate level of technical detail without the inclusion of overly academic terminology. Sophisticated enough for the medical professional but accessible to the general user, this book demystifies the complex vocabulary of health care. Biographical entries describe the contributions of leading scientists and physicians from ancient times to the present. With its comprehensive treatment of all medical specialties, including alternative medicine, genetics, and geriatrics, The American Heritage Medical Dictionary is an indispensable reference for anyone interested in modern medicine.
Long Description
New treatments, new tests, and new insights into health and disease have resulted in an unprecedented explosion in medical terminology. The American Heritage(R) Medical Dictionary provides students, health care professionals, and general consumers interested in medical vocabulary with a comprehensive reference that reflects the most recent developments in medicine and health care delivery. More than 45,000 clear, concise definitions are included, covering diseases and conditions (avian influenza, gender dysphoria), treatments (cosmeceutical, fusion inhibitor), and microorganisms (norovirus). Hundreds of entries for commonly prescribed and over-the-counter medications are also featured. Informative illustrations and tables complement the text. Entries are written in a straightforward style at an appropriate level of technical detail without the inclusion of overly academic terminology. Sophisticated enough for the medical professional but accessible to the general user, this book demystifies the complex vocabulary of health care. Biographical entries describe the contributions of leading scientists and physicians from ancient times to the present. With its comprehensive treatment of all medical specialties, including alternative medicine, genetics, and geriatrics, The American Heritage(R) Medical Dictionary is an indispensable reference for anyone interested in modern medicine.
Main Description
New treatments, new tests, and new insights into health and disease have resulted in an unprecedented explosion in medical terminology. The American Heritage Medical Dictionary provides students, health care professionals, and general consumers interested in medical vocabulary with a comprehensive reference that reflects the most recent developments in medicine and health care delivery. More than 45,000 clear, concise definitions are included, covering diseases and conditions (avian influenza, gender dysphoria), treatments (cosmeceutical, fusion inhibitor), and microorganisms (norovirus). Hundreds of entries for commonly prescribed and over-the-counter medications are also featured. Informative illustrations and tables complement the text. Entries are written in a straightforward style at an appropriate level of technical detail without the inclusion of overly academic terminology. Sophisticated enough for the medical professional but accessible to the general user, this book demystifies the complex vocabulary of health care. Biographical entries describe the contributions of leading scientists and physicians from ancient times to the present. With its comprehensive treatment of all medical specialties, including alternative medicine, genetics, and geriatrics, The American Heritage Medical Dictionary is an indispensable reference for anyone interested in modern medicine.

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