Your handy guide to understanding medical and healthcare terms
When it comes to communicating with your doctor, mastering healthcare terminology you might hear from them is essential. Knowing what these words mean can help you ask the right questions and better understand your body, medical conditions, and any health guidance you receive. This medical reference book makes it easier to get familiar with common medical terms, so you feel more confident navigating your own care.
Practical vocabulary—This mini medical dictionary focuses only on the most common and useful terminology so it's small enough to carry with you and easy to find the information you need.
Break down each word—Did you know that hypotension means low blood pressure and hypertension means high blood pressure? Learn the anatomy of different medical terms so you can understand how they relate to each other.
Feel prepared—Know the right words to use when you understand how doctors think and how to talk to them when.
Learn the language of medicine with Medical Terminology Made Simple.
About the Author
JOHN LOUIS TEMPLE, MD, is an internist―and former chief resident―based in Southern California. Dr. Temple is known for clear communication and a passion for medical language. He is an expert in quality and patient safety, and wrote Medical Terminology Made Simple to help improve medical communication. Dr. Temple provides exceptional care and has a patient-centered approach. He is equipped to diagnose and manage complex medical conditions and stays current with the latest advances. Patients appreciate his compassionate bedside manner and commitment to their health and well-being.
"On my first day of medical school, our Dean gave us the daunting news that we would be learning 10,000 new words in the next four years. I wish he had had Dr. Temple’s book to pass out on that day! Dr. Temple’s way of teaching the foreign language of medical terminology helps medical professionals and patients learn in a beautiful and organized way that is full of history, theory, and practicality. Every page of this book is helpful, interesting, and appealing. You will love it!" —Kathryn Hayward, MD, formerly Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Associate Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital
"Have you ever come away from a doctor visit without a clear picture of the information they gave you? Are there questions you would have asked or preferences you would have expressed if you understood the information during the visit? Dr. Temple's book will help you to understand and communicate better with your doctors and other care providers so you can maximize the effectiveness of your own medical care, or someone that you help care for. Patients, caregivers, and trainees all recognize Dr. Temple's ability to communicate in straightforward, understandable language. You too can learn this skill and take better control of your medical care." —Colin M. Thomas, MD, MPH, Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Care
“Dr. Temple has written a clear, succinct, and fascinating book about medicine. It’s something every doctor and patient should read. I couldn’t put it down." —Matt McCarthy, MD, associate professor of medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine, author of the international bestseller Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic.