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April 18, 1959

Understanding Medical Terminology

JAMA. 1959;169(16):1966. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000330138022

This book was designed to assist all professional workers in the medical field. It is an up-to-date, easily readable, and comprehensive textbook, which covers all aspects of medical terminology. The material is arranged according to systems of the body, the systems corresponding to those used in the "Standard Nomenclature of Diseases and Operations." Chapter 1 deals with the orientation of medical terminology and lists and analyzes the most commonly used suffixes and prefixes. Each system section includes medical etymology, anatomic terms, diagnostic terms, operative terms, symptomatic terms, radiological terms, and clinical laboratory terms. The tables included with each section indicate which conditions are amenable to operation. These tables alone are of inestimable value. They include descriptions of the organs involved, diagnoses, operations, and operative procedures.

The author is an authority in the field and has previously written mimeographed manuals. This is an excellent textbook that should be especially valuable to

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