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Dictionary of Orthopedic TerminologyDICTIONARY OF

by Julio Gonzalez, MD
Saul Bernstein, MD
and Deborah Collins



In the style of Triad's popular Dictionary of Eye Terminology, here are 5,000 of the most frequently used terms and phrases associated with the bones and muscles, and 500 abbreviations and acronyms in a separate section. Definitions are in "plain English" so everyone can understand them.


  • mini-definitions within definitions (you don't need to chase down a cross-reference)
  • phonetic pronounciations
  • actual misspellings in the alphabetical listings, so you don't need to spell a word correctly to find it.
  • Pocket size, for easy use.

An important time-saver and educational tool for:

  • medical secretaries, receptionists, administrative assistants
  • sales reps
  • insurance companies
  • court reporters, attorneys
  • transcriptionists
  • nurses
  • physician's assistants
  • billing, coding, and insurance personnel
  • residents and students in orthopedics, sports medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, rehabilitative medicine programs

ISBN 978-0-937404-69-0, Lexotone cover, $29.95



Julio Gonzalez, MD is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, trauma, and joint replacement surgery. He practices in Venice, Florida.

Saul Bernstein, MD is a clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Southern California, and past acting chief of orthopedic surgery at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. He specializes in scoliosis and complex spinal deformity.

Deborah Collins is a former administrator of pediatric orthopedics, Childrens Hospital, Los Angeles. She currently lives in Minnesota.



Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy
July 2009, Volume 39, Number 7 p. 564

In reviewing the Dictionary of Orthopedic Terminology, I was reminded of those early days as a student physical therapist during my clinical affiliations. I can recall the amount of time we spent scouring through various books at our desks to identify the correct terminology to either interpret the patient's malady in our patient's chart or document changes in their status.

This new, pocket-size, durable dictionary should minimize the need for us to keep reaching for those oversized library/staff room editions. The authors have compiled an expansive, yet concise orthopaedic dictionary. One of the first things I noticed was that the dictionary included more than just medical words and abbreviations. To paraphrase Triad Publishing, this book includes "Over 4,500 of the most frequently used terms, phrases and abbreviations with the musculoskeletal system." For those who have nonmedical administrative assistants in their office or clinic, supplying them with a copy of this book will keep them from asking you a thousand questions. This book fits in your hand, is faster than Google and is smaller and lighter than your computer. I am glad to have identified a fine edition of an essential book all of us will use daily in our various orthopaedic physical therapy settings.

Gary J. Geissler, MS, PT, SCS, ATC
Harvard University, Boston, MA


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