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Concise Colour Medical Dictionary (Oxford Paperback Reference) [Paperback]

Elizabeth A. Martin
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24 July 2003 0198607547 978-0198607540 4th Revised edition
This fully-up-to-date edition of this best-selling colour dictionary, has already sold over one million copies in previous editions. It is indispensable both as a home medical guide and as a reference tool for all those working in the medical and allied professions. The entries are clearly laid out and jargon free, making the book both accessible and informative. Over 10,000 clear and concise entries cover all medical and surgical specialities. The dictionary reflects recent developments in the medical field, covering new drugs in clinical use, as well as new advances in genetics, infertility treatment, cancer, organ transplantation, and BSE. The exceptionally clear colour layout and flexicovers make this an ideal reference tool. The New Scientist described this dictionary as 'an extraordinary bargain'.

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  • Paperback: 760 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 4th Revised edition edition (24 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198607547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198607540
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13.6 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 478,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"No home should be without one" certainly applies to this splendid medical dictionary. (Journal of the Institute of Health Education)

Excellent layout and jargon-free style should commend it to a wide variety of readers. (Nursing Times)

An extraordinary bargain. (New Scientist) --This text refers to the Flexibound edition.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential medical dictionary 22 Sep 2009
I am a GP in a very busy practice, and we send many complex letters and reports daily. I searched the web for a useful online dictionary for my staff to access and found them all cumbersome. So I bought 4 of these wonderful clear and concise dictionaries for my medical secretaries - the money was very well spent. This book is so easy to use, very well laid out, and I have yet to find a word I need that is missing. A great bargain for the money - and robust enough to be thumbed over and over and over.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB dictionary - buy it now! 20 July 2008
This is an absolutely superb dictionary and it's 'colour' element really helps with finding entries and makes it all a little more interesting! Headings are all written in red with descriptions in black and there are a few illustrations - but only where necessary. Incidentally the 'hardback' is actually a soft, tactile, plastic which makes it lighter and somehow much more pleasing to hold! Would recommend this dictionary!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wouldn't be without it 5 Sep 2010
It is a number of years since I had studied my human anatomy and physiology and medical health courses, but when I did them I had an early copy of this dictionary. My old faithful medical dictionary recently gave up the ghost and fell to pieces, and suddenly I found myself reaching for it to check the odd word and meaning and it wasn't there. I had to get a new one, I couldn't survive without it.

As with my previous copy I decided on the "hardback" version of the dictionary. In fact the "hardback" is a plasticized cover, the benefit of which is a feeling that the book is sturdier than the paperback with the bonus of protection from those spilt and splashed drinks.

I have yet to find any medical reference in life that I have been unable to discover in this dictionary, with the exception of doctors own personal abbreviations.

This is a book I can't be without. The definitions and diagrams are not overly complicated so it is perfect for both student, professional and lay person alike. It is definitely worth every penny.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good resource 18 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought this as a quick reference book for uni. It's been so useful. I think there was only one term that it failed me on, but when I found out the meaning it wasn't really something I'd have expected to find in a general medical dictionary anyway. The layout is good, a bit like language dictionaries, and makes it easier to find things when you're leafing through for about five words at once. It's got diagrams too (where appropriate). Good buy, especially for the price and the amount of use it gets.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money 23 Feb 2011
By S.S
Let me just say that this medical dictionary is probably the only one you're ever going to need. I started using this a few weeks into a medical course as complicated, alien language is thrown at you by the bucket load. The typeface is clear and easy to navigate with helpful, coloured diagrams to aid understanding. It has served me well and won't be letting go of it any time soon! In my opinion, a must-buy...just makes your life easier in general and saves time searching through Wikipedia and Google (which are not always reliable, speaking from experience).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful 18 Jan 2011
I am a GP typist and find this very handy for looking up strange sounding words I don't recognise! Explanations are succinct and easy to understand. Highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Misqué
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Had this a while now, I bought it in my first year and to be honest I'll admit I didn't use it an awful lot other than for the one piece of work I had to do on naming masses of prefixes and suffixes and understanding a lot of given medical terminology. I never really had the need to use it for the rest of the first year but now a month into the second year I'm finding this book an absolute godsend!

I am using it pretty much every time I'm reading up on pathologies and sometimes for anatomy too. It's also extremely handy when I'm on placement like I am now because I note down terminology and pathologies that I've not come across or don't really know what they are. Some simple, some complex but this book is great at giving a quick and not overly- complicated overview of whatever it is you are looking up.

I certainly wouldn't want to be without this medical dictionary. If I remember rightly I bought this one over others because it had a bit of colour and is a bit prettier to look at. I find it easier to learn and remember things when colour is used rather than black and white so I think it was worth the extra few pounds I think I spent. Very happy student here!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review 3 Oct 2011
By Vicki
Product arrived on time and as advertised. An excellent book at an excellent price. Just what i needed for my new job.
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Excellent value, arrived early in excellent condition.
Published 7 days ago by SG
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, basic reference
A good medical dictionary for the student or even as a desk reference for a physician or other medical professional. Read more
Published 2 months ago by FlyinnFinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Decent Price for this
Published 2 months ago by wadeo1991
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!
I bought this for my medical terminology class at college and this is the best! totally helps me out when I need to find difficult works and it is so good to help people pass... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Eilidh Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Bedside Frightener
Useful to draw on with health worries, internet used for wider information generally Nicely bound for family use in general
Published 6 months ago by J. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
As a medical secretary the one I use at work on a daily basis now looks way out of date after sending for this excellent, completely up to date, comprehensive and colourful... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rosie Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for someone who does not have a medical background
I bought this to look up words that I come across in letters copied into me from doctors. The definitions are very clear, great for someone who does not have a medical background.
Published 8 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This was purchased for my wife as an update for her previous books. She researched various options and found this to be the best for her role as a medical secretary
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Seymour Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars What can i say>?
This is exactly as it says on the tin - a concise colour medical dictionary. This is going to help me very much with my studies
Published 10 months ago by Nadia Leonard
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