Medical Transcription Guide - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780721606842

Medical Transcription Guide

3rd Edition

Do's and Don'ts

Authors: Marcy Diehl
Print ISBN: 9780721606842
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 27th December 2004
Page Count: 672


A quick reference for the medical transcriptionist, this book provides basic rules of grammar as well as current trends in the field. It's especially useful in searching for help with an obscure rule or in reinforcing a common practice. Using short chapters, this text provides the Do's — the grammatical rule, its exceptions, and its variations, along with examples; and the Don'ts — any common contradictions of that rule. Examples are taken from medical writing rather than general writing.

Key Features

  • Easy-to-use format provides numbered topics in each chapter, which are followed by Do's and Don'ts in quick, easy sentences.
  • Spiral binding allows book to lay flat so MT's can refer to a rule without taking their hands off the keyboard.
  • Clear examples are given to clarify difficult-to-understand concepts and rules.

Table of Contents

  1. Abbreviations and Symbols
    2. Address Formats for Letters and Forms of Address
    3. Apostrophe
    4. Brief Forms, Short Forms, and Medical Slang
    5. Capitalization
    6. The Colon
    7. The Comma
    8. Compounds
    9. Dash
    10. Drugs and Drug References
    11. Editing
    12. Electronic Mail
    13. Envelope Preparation
    14. Eponyms
    15. Exclamation Mark
    16. Faxing Documents
    17. Grammar
    18. HIPAA Guidelines
    19. History and Physical Format
    20. Hyphen Use and Word Division
    21. Laboratory Terminology and Normal Values
    22. Letter Format
    23. Manuscripts
    24. Medical Reports
    25. Memos, Minutes, and Other Reports
    26. Metric System
    27. Numbers
    28. Obstetric Terms
    29. Parentheses
    30. Period and Decimal Point
    31. Plural Forms
    32. Possessives
    33. Progress Notes or Chart Notes
    34. Proofreading and Revisions
    35. Question Mark
    36. Quotation Marks
    37. Reference Materials and Publications
    38. Rules to Transcribe by
    39. Semicolon
    40. Slang Expressions and Unusual Medical Terms
    41. Slash
    42. Spacing with Punctuation Marks
    43. Spelling
    44. Symbols
    45. Time
    46. Underlining and Italics
    47. Vitae Format and Preparation
    48. Working From Home
    49. Zip Codes
    Appendix A Abbreviations Commonly Used
    Appendix B Selected Abbreviations
    Appendix C Brief Forms, Short Forms, and Medical Slang
    Appendix D French Words Used in Medical Records
    Appendix E Genus and Species Names, Clinically Significant Current Taxonomy
    Appendix F Homonyms and Sound-alike Words
    Appendix G Laboratory Terminology and Normal Values
    Appendix H Latin Phrases
    Appendix I Plural Forms
    Appendix J Sound Variations of Syllables
    Appendix K Unusual Medical Terms


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About the Author

Marcy Diehl

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, Medical Transcriptionist Specialist Curriculum, Grossmont Community College, El Cajon, California