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Encyclopedia & dictionary of medicine, nursing, and allied health
Miller, Benjamin Frank, 1907-1971. Encyclopedia & dictionary of medicine, nursing & allied health.
Seventh edition.
Publication Information:
Philadelphia : Saunders, [2003]

Physical Description:
xxxi, 2262 pages, 40 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm + 1 CD ROM (3 in.)
General Note:
Previous ed. published as: Miller-Keane encyclopedia & dictionary of medicine, nursing, and allied health / by Benjamin F. Miller and Claire Brackman Keane.
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This reference is highly regarded for its accuracy, the clinical usefulness and readability of its entries, and its multidisciplinary approach to current terminology from all facets of health care. Individual experts in medicine, nursing, and allied health, researchers, lexicographers, and editors have researched, written, and reviewed each entry. Organized by major terms with related terms defined as subentries, Miller-Keane provides at-a-glance access to related information. All definitions are carefully written using clear, straightforward language to help readers understand new, unfamiliar or complex terminology. Encyclopedic entries are included for significant topics, such as diseases, disorders, or conditions. These encyclopedic entries include the definition along with a concise overview of the most important information related to Symptoms, Treatment, Patient Care, Prevention, etc. Dorland's spellchecker software and a companion Evolve website supplement this edition making it a powerful tool to building and using a medical vocabulary for all health professionals. A strong multidisciplinary emphasis facilitates effective communication between health professionals of all disciplines and specialties. Enhanced readability and accessibility with clear, complete, straightforward definitions helps readers master new, unusual or complex terminology and makes this dictionary particularly valuable for students whose first language is not English, or whose language skills are limited. Pronunciation guides enhance verbal communication skills. Subentry style of organization (similar to Taber's) allows related terms/information to be located in close proximity. Tables provide at-a-glance information on a variety of subjects such as insurance-related terms, abbreviations used in health care reform, and many other topics. A list of stems, prefixes, and suffixes teaches students how to analyze the meaning of unfamiliar words. "How to Use Miller/Keane" visual guide on the inside front cover illustrates this reference's many features. Insightful commentaries by prominent experts in nursing and allied health appear in 42 unique "Windows." The vocabulary of the Unified Nursing Language System (UNLS), including NANDA, NIC, NOC, and the Omaha system provides a quick reference for standardized nursing languages. Approximately 3,500 new terms provide extensive coverage for all areas of nursing, medicine, and allied health. Smaller trim size (5 1/2 x 8 1/2) and soft cover enhance portability and easy of use. An updated 32-page full color atlas of human anatomy and an expanded 8-page full color atlas of common disorders provide detailed visual references. Printed thumb tabs enable users to access desired information quickly. Numerous new definitions for complementary and alternative therapy terms. Dorland's spellchecker software is included with each copy to facilitate spelling medical terms correctly in writing. Evolve website with links to websites of numerous health and health care organizations and additional supplemental reference information helps users find authoritative health information on-line.

Table of Contents

Notes on the Use of This Book Combining Forms in Medical Terminology Color Plates The Human BodyHighlights of Structure and Function Atlases Children with Distinctive Physical Features Dermatology Aging Ophthalmology Dentistry Staining and Microscopy Vocabulary Windows Encyclopedic Entries Appendix (See List of Appendices below) Credits List of Appendices
Section 1 Diagnostic Tools
1-1 Major Diagnostic Categories
1-2 Diagnosis-Related Groups
Section 2 Assessment
2-1 Clinical Growth Charts for Children and Adolescents
2-2 DuBois Body Surface Area Chart
2-3 Body Mass Index Table
2-4 Range of Motion
2-5 Summary of Normal Development in the First Three Years of Life (Based Largely on Gesell)
2-6 Bedside Calculations
2-7 Twenty-Four Hour Clock
Section 3 Anatomy Tables
3-1 Arteries
3-2 Bones:Listed by Body Region
3-3 Muscles
3-4 Nerves
3-5 Veins
Section 4 Nutrition
4-1 Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs): Recommended Intakes for Individuals, Vitamins Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine, National Academies
4-2 Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs): Tolerable Upper Intake Levels (UL), Vitamins Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine, National Academies
4-3 Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs): Recommended Intakes for Individuals, Elements Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine, National Academies
4-4 Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs): Tolerable Upper Intake Levels (UL), Elements Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine, National Academies
4-5 Summary Examples of Nutrient Intake for Canadians
Section 5 Tables of Weights and Measures
5-1 Measures of Mass
5-2 Measures of Capacity
5-3 Measures of Length
5-4 Avoirdupois--Metric Weight
5-5 Metric--Avoirdupois Weight
5-6 Apothecaries Metric Liquid Measure
5-7 Metric--Apothecaries Liquid Measure
5-8 Conversion Table: Weight
5-9 Conversion Table: Metric and Apothecaries
5-10 Temperature Equivalents: Celsius (Centigrade) and Fahrenheit Scales
Section 6 Chemical Tables
6-1 Chemical Elements
6-2 Elements by Atomic Numbers
Section 7 Immunization Schedules
7-1 Recommended Childhood Immunization ScheduleUnited States
7-2 Summary of Adolescent/Adult Immunization Recommendations
7-3 Routine Immunization Schedules for Children and Adolescents (Canada)
7-4 Recommended Routine Immunization of Adults (Canada)
Section 8 Symbols, Terms, and Abbreviations
8-1 Symbols Commonly Used in Clinical Practice
8-2 Symbols Commonly Used in Pedigree Charts
8-3 Terminology for Microscopic Examination of Infected Material
8-4 Specialized Terms Used in Medical Records
8-5 Commonly Misinterpreted Words and Phrases
8-6 Acronyms for Selected Health Care Organizations, Associations, and Agencies
8-7 Professional Designations for Health Care Providers
8-8 Commonly Used Hospital Abbreviations
8-9 Abbreviations for Diseases and Conditions
Section 9 Dental Caries and Restorations
9-1 Blacks Classification of Dental Caries and Restorations
9-2 Classification by Complexity for Dental Caries and Restorations
9-3 Simple, Compound, and Complex Designations for Dental Caries and Restorations
Section 10 Reference Intervals for the Interpretation of Laboratory Tests
10-1 Base SI Units
10-2 Derived SI Units and Non-SI Units Retained for Use with the SI
10-3 Standard Prefixes
10-4 Laboratory Refere