Health care practitioners come from all walks of life physicians, dentists, nurses, medical students, laboratory and radiological technicians, pharmacists, epidemiologists, demographers, biostatisticians, medical social workers, community health workers, public health officials, hospital administrators, health care managers, medical script writers, medical secretaries, medical records personnel, speech and hearing pathologists, medical scientists and hospital receptionists, to name just a few. Collectively, they form, what is commonly known today, as the health care team. For effective interaction among these team members, it is imperative that they have a thorough understanding of basic terms and concepts so vital to clear communication. This concise dictionary helps do just that. It provides meanings and definitions of various clinical terms, symbols, formulae, abbreviations, and health care indicators as well as an analysis of the vast majority of clinical terms. Lists of important abbreviations, essential drugs, trade and generic names of drugs, normal clinical values, and common tests and their diseases have also been appended.
Dr. Dhirendra Verma (b. 1940- ) initially graduated from the Agra University (Nainital Campus) with a Master of Science degree in 1961. He had been a Rockefeller Foundation Scholar at the National Institute of Virology in Pune before leaving for Canada in 1963 on a student scholarship to pursue further studies at St. Marys University, Halifax where he acquired an M.Ed. in Technical-Vocational Education, and subsequently a Ph.D. in the Administration of Vocational Education from Dalhousie University. The title of his doctoral thesis was "Technical-Vocational Education in Canada within the Context of Social, Economic, and Political Change: 1875-1995". He worked at Canada's N Scotia Institute of Technology as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Laboratory Technology for over 12 years before returning to India in 1978 to join the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) at New Delhi as a Senior Fellow, and supervised its vocational education programmes at the national level. Presently, he is associated with the Ministry of Health, State of Kuwait as a Senior Consultant and looks after the training requirements of its medical and paramedical personnel. He has published numerous research articles on issues and problems confronting vocational education in some of the leading international journals of Education. He has served as an UNESCO Consultant, contri-buting to the vocational component of its ISCED (International Standard Classification of Education) project in the mid 70s.