To make informed health decisions, you have probably read a newspaper or magazine article, tuned into a radio or television program, or searched the Internet to find answers to health questions. If so, you have probably encountered "medspeak," the specialized language of health professionals.
The Medical Library Association developed "Deciphering Medspeak" to help translate common "medspeak" terms:
The brochure also features MLA's "Top Ten" Most Useful Websites.
Also available are disease-specific versions of the popular "Deciphering Medspeak" brochure. The series now includes Medspeak brochures (links are to PDF versions) focusing on the specific diseases
Each brochure features a list of Rx riddles or abbreviations as well as a glossary of medspeak terms and MLA-recommended Websites related to each disease.
Diabetes, HIV-AIDS and Stroke Medspeaks are now also available in Plain Language (low literacy) versions!
All Deciphering Medspeak brochures (original and disease-specific) may be purchased:
To order, visit the MLANET Store or contact Tom Pacetti, email@example.com; 312.419/9094 x19. You may also request free, single copies of the brochures by contacting Tomi Gunn, firstname.lastname@example.org; 312.419.9094 x11.
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Last Updated: 2010 September 09