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Pathophysiology for the Health Professions



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strongly recommended  March 13, 2011

This textbook is very thorough. I use it for my clinical paperwork for nursing school and it's quite easy to use. It includes the information students need without overwhelming them, even if they have a limited scientific background. I recommend it for nursing students and for most of all health professions who really want to get path physiological concepts and understanding. I received my book in excellent condition at a great price! It came sooner than I expected too! I give it 4 stars :)

Pathophysiology for the Health Professions: 4 out of 5 stars based on 1 user reviews.


A concise, easy-to-understand introduction to the fundamentals, Pathophysiology for the Health Professions, 4th Edition helps you learn to identify disease processes and disorders. Authors Barbara Gould and Ruthanna Dyer continue the tradition of a text known for its readability and vivid, full-color illustrations, updated with the latest research and clinical advances.

In this textbook author described all chapters very clearly and understandably. It's also useful for medical students. Most attractive thing in this book is diagrammatic explanation, which is most important for getting idea about altered condition in diseases.

Unique Challenge, Think About, and Emergency Treatment features help in applying the material to real-life situations. No matter which area in the healthcare field you may enter, this book provides essential preparation for conditions encountered in clinical practice.

-Concise and readable approach includes the information students need without overwhelming them, even if they have a limited scientific background.

-Unique Challenge feature asks "What can go wrong with this structure or system?" as a way to help students facilitate progress by using previously learned knowledge.

-Unique Think About boxes help with self-evaluation, test preparation, and review.

-Unique Emergency Treatment boxes list basic emergency measures; these can be modified to fit specific professions, established protocols, or practice settings.

-Research boxes discuss new developments, problem areas of pathophysiology, and complications associated with research.

-Warning Signs boxes summarize conditions that may develop in patients.

-Diagnostic tests and treatments are included for each of the major disorders.

-Case studies in each chapter provide a basis for discussion or can be used as an assignment.

-Study questions offer a self-assessment on the material in each chapter.

-Ready References in the appendix provide a quick look up for anatomic terms, conversion tables, abbreviations and acronyms, diagnostic studies and tests, and more.

-A companion Evolve website includes web links, learning activities, content updates, and more.

-New content on the causes and trends related to disease, new drugs, technology, and treatment.

-Coverage of obesity and its complications, including an in-depth discussion of metabolic syndrome.

-Multiple disorder syndromes in the aged client.

-DNA, genetics and the Human Genome Project with current research on protein pathways in health (proteomics) and the implications for drug treatment and disease causation.

-Coverage of autism.

-Updated content on the H1N1 virus and communicable diseases; HIV, cancer causation, and immunology; and substance abuse to reflect common practices in the use of illicit (street) drugs as well as abuse of prescription medications.

-Case studies revised to emphasize chronic diseases, prevention, and acute care, and to apply to a wider range of health professions.

-Appendices reorganized for improved reference and lookup.

Table of Contents

Basic Concepts of Disease Processes
Introduction to Pathophysiology
Inflammation and Healing
Immunity and Abnormal Responses
Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Imbalances
The Effects of Altered Status/Growth and Development on Disease Processes
Congenital and Genetic Disorders
Diseases Associated with Adolescence
Potential Complications of Pregnancy
Aging and Disease Processes
Effects of Immobility
The Influence of Stress
Substance Abuse
Environmental Hazards
Introduction to Basic Pharmacology and Selected Therapies
Pathophysiology of the Systems
Blood and Lymphatic Disorders
Cardiovascular Disorders
Respiratory Disorders
Digestive System Disorders
Urinary System Disorders
Acute Neurologic Disorders
Chronic Neurologic Disorders
Disorders of the Eye and Ear
Endocrine Disorders
Musculoskeletal Disorders
Skin Disorders
Reproductive System Disorders
Body Planes, Cavities, and Compartments
Anatomic Terms
Conversion Tables
Common Abbreviations and Acronyms
Common Diagnostic Studies and Tests
Example of a Medical History
Disease Index
Drug Index
Additional Resources
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