Kevin Dumith has teamed up with Myrna Breskin to compile the McGraw Hill Allied
Health Dictionary. With Kevin's long experience working as a medical terminology
instructor in a career college and with Myrna's background as a lexicographer,
the dictionary has the combined experience of these two people directing a staff
that has written a truly useful reference book. This dictionary will be the
only one on the market specifically aimed at the allied health level. This important
distinction makes it a very salable product for a student population that has
traditionally found the learning of medical terminology one of the most challenging
in the allied health curriculum. It is written for the student who finds the
higher level dictionaries written for the health care practitioner too difficult
to understand and to navigate. the definitions are clear and concise. The only
etymologies given are useful word-building breakdowns that reinforce this skill
necessary to understanding medical terms. The appendices make this reference
a tool that will follow the allied health student into the workplace as a "keeper"
for a long time to come. There is a 32-page insert of anatomy plates that cover
the body systems with beautiful illustrations as well as instructive and helpful
- Simple straightforward definitions in understandable language with cross-referencing done meticulously. Cross-referencing is a very important part of dictionaries. In many Stedman's dictionaries, for example, you are sent to entries that don't exist or words are defined with medical terms not in the dictionary. Our dictionary uses common language as much as possible or uses medical terms that appear in the dictionary or are explained where they are used.
- Extensive coverage of anatomy groups (such as tables of muscles, bones, and nerves at those entries) and an overview 32-page 4-color insert of anatomy art and text.
- Warnings are put at all abbreviations that are no longer allowed to be handwritten in medical documents so as to avoid medical errors. An appendix of these abbreviations is also included.
- A straightforward comprehensive pronunciation system with as few symbols as possible enables the user to clearly pronounce medical terms-a skill that is essential in allied health careers.
- Appendices of essential allied health reference material such as lab values, combining forms, abbreviations, and so on round out this comprehensive book.
- Four-color illustrations appear throughout the book and illustrate medical concepts appropriate to the allied health level.
- Student CD-ROM to accompany the McGraw-Hill Allied Health Dictionary. It will contain searchable list and audio pronunciations for all terms in the Dictionary.
Table of Contents
HOW TO USE THIS DICTIONARY
ANATOMICAL PLATES 1-32
COMBINING FORMS, PREFIXES, AND SUFFIXES
ABBREVIATIONS AND MEDICAL ERRORS
NORMAL LABORATORY VALUES
WEIGHTS AND MEASURES