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December 1972

The Medical Transcriptionist Handbook

Author Affiliations

Brookline, Mass


By Charles T McConnico. Price, not given. Pp 219. Charles C Thomas Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62703,1972.

Arch Surg. 1972;105(6):971. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180120146026

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With 11 years of medical secretarial experience and thousands of medical terms under my belt, I still found Charles T. McConnico's book an excellent source of information.

Terms that have become part of my daily vocabulary, words that I have stammered over in the past, and those that I will perhaps never see are well categorized here.

Consisting of 17 chapters, this handbook outlines various areas of specialization with pertinent lists of words that the transcriptionist will undoubtedly require. Catering principally to the novice in the medical field, the book emphasizes the proper preparation of certain forms such as the history and physical examination, operative report, discharge summary, radiology examination, and autopsy report.

McConnico also explains the use of the PDR (Physicians Desk Reference) and, as a valuable time saver, his book contains the correct spelling of common medications.

Chapter 2 on Medical Etymology is also helpful. Here the

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