I just received this book and think it's great. I'd taken med. term. years ago and ordered this as a brush-up course for myself (I do medical transcription).
So far, the only complaint I have is the visual CD, where somebody tried to be a little too creative with the coloring.
The computer exercises are great and give good explanations and examples--if you can SEE them! Some terms are written in dark blue against a dark brown background! What the heck were they thinking? And other terms are actually BROWN on a brown background! What?? I keep having to move my head around to view the screen from different angles in order to read the terms. It is extremely annoying and distracting.
It should have been done in clear colors, dark text on light background. Learning medical terminology is not the time to get cute with "fancy" designs! Big mistake.
Outside of that, the book seems good. I have a problem with some of the pronunciations. For example, "acute" = ah-KUT. Does that rhyme with "cut"? No, but if you didn't know better, you could think it does.
However, out of 100, I'd give the book itself a 98, at least. In one of the reviews here, someone thought there was too much attention paid to illustrations. I actually like the pictures. Hearing a doctor say the patient wears a CPAP machine at night is one thing but seeing what it looks like (if you're unfamiliar with them) is something else (p. 163). I think the illustrations are helpful for understanding terms.
All in all, I recommend the book, but next time, Davi-Ellen, you may want to more closely oversee the people working on the visuals for your accompanying CD! (I still have an anatomy and physiology book written by Davi-Ellen Chabner called The Language of Medicine from almost 20 yrs ago when I learned medical transcription, which was also a good book.)
- Paperback: 413 pages
- Publisher: W B Saunders Co; 5 edition (24 October 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416055185
- ISBN-13: 978-1416055181
- Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 748 g
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