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The American Heritage Medical Dictionary (American Heritage Dictionary)by American Heritage
Synopses & Reviews
New treatments, new tests, and new insights into health and disease have resulted in an unprecedented explosion in medical terminology. The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary provides students, health care professionals, and general consumers interested in medical vocabulary with a comprehensive reference that reflects the most recent developments in medicine and health care delivery. More than 45,000 clear, concise definitions are included, covering diseases and conditions (avian influenza, gender dysphoria), treatments (cosmeceutical, fusion inhibitor), and microorganisms (norovirus). Hundreds of entries for commonly prescribed and over-the-counter medications are also featured. Informative illustrations and tables complement the text.
Entries are written in a straightforward style at an appropriate level of technical detail without the inclusion of overly academic terminology. Sophisticated enough for the medical professional but accessible to the general user, this book demystifies the complex vocabulary of health care. Biographical entries describe the contributions of leading scientists and physicians from ancient times to the present.
With its comprehensive treatment of all medical specialties, including alternative medicine, genetics, and geriatrics, The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary is an indispensable reference for anyone interested in modern medicine.
Available in paperback for the first time, this highly respected source of state-of-the-art medical information contains thousands of definitions, revised to reflect current medical research, practice, and technology.
The American Heritage Medical Dictionary is a highly respected source of state-of-the-art information for students and consumers without specialized medical knowledge, as well as for health-care professionals. This unparalleled resource is for anyone who desires the authoritativeness, comprehensiveness, and accuracy of the hardcover dictionary in an especially user-friendly, portable, and compact format.
The clear, concise definitions are up-to-date and highly readable. Many new words have been added, encompassing diagnoses and treatments (microcalcification, bisphosphonate), health-care delivery (concierge medicine), and the generic and brand names of new drugs. Thousands of definitions have been revised to reflect current medical research, practice, and technology. Twelve pages of clearly labeled anatomic illustrations enhance the text. Every clinical specialty is covered, including dentistry, genetics, and veterinary medicine, along with related subjects such as alternative medicine. This book is indispensable for demystifying the complex vocabulary of modern health care.
About the Author
The Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries and of other reference titles published by Houghton Mifflin Company are trained lexicographers with a varied array of interests and expertise. Most of the editors hold graduate degrees and have studied at least one foreign language. Several have degrees in linguistics or in the history of the English language. Others have degrees in science or sometimes other disciplines. All the editors familiarize themselves with the vocabulary in specific subject areas, collect materials on new developments and usage, and work in association with consultants to ensure that the content of our publications is as accurate and as up-to-date as possible.
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