On the subject of understanding medical terms, get a medical dictionary! My father works in a hospital, so he has one, and when I look through them, most med words are just regular words with a LOT of greek/latin suffixes and prefixes. -ology = study of, -ectomy = removal of, -scopy = to look at, etc. Small knowledge like that helps break down the terms.

This in response to this post from earlier today.