Sunday, October 21, 2007
This textbook “Medical Terminology” is from my last semester class. It is the fifth edition by Barbara A. Gylys and Mary Ellen Wedding. This book has fifteen chapters, five hundred and fifty pages, and it is eleven inches long, eight inches wide. The purpose of this book is to help us learn medical terminology so we can effectively communicate with other members of the health care team. In this book I also discovered that it is like learning a whole new language. In the first three chapters I studied about the basic elements of medical words, suffixes, and prefixes, and in the forth chapter about body structure. In last five to fifteen chapters are brief descriptions about Anatomy and physiology, pathology, diognosis, therapeutic procedures, pharmacology, suffix, prefix and abbreviations. The end of the each chapter has learning activities and medical record activities and all activities allow self-assessment and evaluation of competency. The appendix has all the answers of the activities, an alphabetical list of medical word elements, updated abbreviations and their meanings. This book has an audio CD- ROM which is designed for us, an ability to spell, pronounce and understanding the meaning of the medical terms from the chapters. This textbook also has website for the medical dictionary.
The language of the book is good and each chapter is coherent and easy to understand. The color pictures and highlighted headlines enhance my interest in this book. Before our class we read the chapter that we were going to study. In this book I learned about medical language and anatomy and physiology of the human. By this book I am determined to understand the world of medical science. I always need this book in my medical carrier.