Location: Indiana, United States

I became a Professor Emeritus after serving 29 years as a recreational therapy faculty member at Indiana University. I'm a long-time Hoosier, having grown up in Hanover, Indiana. My RT practitioner work was in psych/mental health. After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, my first faculty position was at the University of North Texas. RT has been a wonderful profession for me as I have had the opportunity to serve as an author and national leader.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Medspeak Brochures Available at MLA Web Site

The Medical Library Association is making the language of health professionals available to all through MLA's brochures on "Deciphering Medspeak." RT practitioners may wish to refer to the online brochures to better understand medical terms. RT professors may wish to make their students aware of the brochures.

To access the "Medspeak" brochures go to the MLA web site. The address for the MLA web site is

When you get on the MLA web site, click on the 4th item listed on the MLA home page titled "Disease-specific Medspeak Brochures." This will take you to a page titled "MLA's Deciphering Medspeak Brochures." There you will see "Medspeak Terms." Click on it to see the list of medical terms defined.

In addition to the general list of "Medspeak Terms," on the same page (titled "MLA's Deciphering Medspeak Brochures") are listed three "Deciphering Medspeak" brochures covering the topics of breast cancer, diabeties, and heart disease. Finally, a short list of selected medical abbreviations may be accesssed off the page from the button "Rx Riddles Solved!"

An alternative source for learning the language and abbreviations of health professions is my Glossary of Recreation Therapy and Occupational Therapy published in 2001 by Venture Publishing. The Glossary sells for $14.95 and may be obtained through Venture Publishing at


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