The Language of Medicine, 10th Edition

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Book Description

Bring medical terminology to life with Davi-Ellen Chabner’s bestselling The Language of Medicine, 10th Edition! By presenting medical terms within the context of the body’s anatomy and physiology, and in health and disease, this proven resource makes it easy to learn a working medical vocabulary built on the most frequently encountered prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. Practical exercises and case studies demonstrate how medical terms are used in practice. Add an engaging student Evolve website with medical animations and videos, word games, flash cards, and more, and you’ll be ready to communicate confidently in the clinical setting and succeed in your healthcare career.


  • Simple, clear, non-technical explanations


    demystify medical terminology even if you have little or no background in medicine or science.

  • Practical applications such as case reports, operative and diagnostic tests, and laboratory and x-ray reports demonstrate the use of medical terminology in practice.
  • Self-study text/workbook approach reinforces learning every step of the way with labeling diagrams, pronunciation tests, and review sheets.
  • Full-color illustrations depict anatomy, physiology, and pathology, putting medical terms in the context of the body’s structure and function.
  • Comprehensive glossaries and appendices serve as quick references for use in the classroom and on the job.


  • NEW!

In Personnarratives


    help you understand diseases and conditions from the patient’s perspective.

  • NEW! A Closer Look highlights particular conditions.
  • NEW! Images and photos illustrate difficult terms and procedures.
  • NEW! Terms and definitions keep you up to date with healthcare advances.
  • More Spotlights identify and clarify potentially confusing terminology.
  • Error-prone abbreviations list derived from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) list alerts you to abbreviations that should not be used in the clinical setting.

Book reviewed by John Thairu

The Language of Medicine, 10th Edition
3.8 ACVEN Review By
Users Average 2.5 (2 votes)
Is this book interesting?4
How does compare to other books in the genre?3.5
Is it easy and enjoyable to read?4
A great comprehensive resource that simplifies medical terminology and presents medical terms in their relevant contexts.
The book does not come with a CD or a code for an e-book version but instead has a QR code that points to an app download that requires payment for access.
This text blends the conventional textbook style with a workbook approach. The chapters have brief sections of between 5 and 10 pages that contain textual content and figures relating to the specific topic followed by relevant explanations about related terminologies. The content further highlights brief personal accounts from patients that show the relevance of the information from a clinical perspective. The last section of the chapters contain various activities to enable the reader to recall the information. In this book great emphasis is placed on learning roots rather than requiring readers to memorize the content. There are also many practice activities to ensure that you can remember the information. Readers should be ready to come across plenty of new words and terminologies as well as concise explanations and interactive practice activities.


  • 1 - Not recommended for reading.
  • 2 - Somewhat engaging, book is just OK.
  • 3 - Pretty engaging, good book.
  • 4 - Engaging, very good book.
  • 5 - Really engaging, excellent book.

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Good book for the beginner students
Good book for the beginner students
May 21, 2016, 12:20 pm
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Book Details

Title: The Language of Medicine, 10th Edition


Length: 1064 Pages

Edition: 10th

Language: English

Publication Date: 2013-02-25

ISBN-10: 1455728462

ISBN-13: 9781455728466

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